I need to find the perfect High Holiday outfit.
Last year, we participated in GesherCity’s High Holiday Ticket Match and shul-hopped between KI in Brookline and Temple Emanuel in Newton. At the time, I was 8 months pregnant, and fashionable attire was the last thing on my mind. This year, my husband, son, and I will be celebrating Rosh Hashanah with my family in Northern Virginia, and repenting (and breaking the fast) on Yom Kippur with my in-laws at Temple Emanuel.
I have a soft spot for Temple Emanuel in Newton. Although I grew up Reform and still identify with the Reform movement, I hold a special place in my heart for the Emanuel clergy. Rabbi Gardenswartz officiated at my wedding and spoke at my son’s bris, and incredibly, remembers my name, my parents’ names, and my anniversary date whenever I see him. (I’m not sure I remember my closest friends’ wedding dates.) And Rabbi Robinson, one of the warmest and kindest women I have ever met, had her baby boy exactly 24 hours after my little Ari was born.
While my husband and I search for a home to raise our family, and with it, search for the perfect fitting synagogue, we feel comfortable with our holiday travel and temple plans. And lucky for us, spending holidays in different cities allows for wardrobe repeats.
I know what you’re thinking. The holidays are for personal introspection and repentance, a time to reflect and pray to ask G-d to be sealed in the Book of Life. I believe all of that, really, I do. But, come on, you and I both know the fashion circus that is the holiest of days. And, goddammit gosh darn it, we’re going to look good!
So, off I went in search of bold colors, shiny shoes, and flattering lines. There were a variety of patterns and prints and tops and trousers. I perused the racks at Bloomies and Saks, at small boutiques, and in the online discount sites. The perfect outfit would need to be both flattering and unique (I’ll never forget the year I walked into Kol Nidrei services, sashayed down the long sanctuary aisle, and found my mother-in-law wearing the exact same suit I had proudly purchased). And, I didn’t want to break the bank on an outfit that would be worn only once (well, twice) because it would undoubtedly be too snug next year.
Finally, after searching high and low, I happened upon an incredible find: a gorgeous suit made of Italian wool that fit to a tee. It will make head turns and temple members grin as we enter the synagogue. And, it will certainly receive compliment after compliment…after compliment.
Won’t Ari, my precious soon-to-be 1 year-old look great in this?!
Phew! What a relief. Now that that’s taken care of…what should I wear?!
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