I always associate the new school year with new beginnings and setting a new calendar and starting over yet again. I did it for so many years of school (2 years of pre-school, Kindergarten, grades 1 -12, 4 years of college and one year of graduate school = 20 years!) it just seems the perfect time to mark those calendars and planners and begin again. January 1st becomes a breath and an afterthought. In the Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashana, September 14th marks the beginning of the New Year 5776. I love celebrating any New Year that’s over 5000 years old. Kinda’ makes the Christian calendar look puny in comparison.