I hope the High Holy days were a fruitful pause for you in the daily round of responsibilities and tasks. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur allow us to look back and reassess what we need to do better. Moreover, they provide us with the ability to get a new start. Sukkot, on the other hand, is entirely about celebration and gratitude for the abundance of the Earth’s gifts to us, her children. Most appropriately, the Jewish calendrical cycle concludes with Yizkor, remembering our departed loved ones Monday morning at 10 a.m. As if to say, let go of the past while embracing its lessons. And that very same night all of these themes culminate in the joyous explosion of energy we call Simchat Torah! The Jewish calendar sets the pace, rolling out the cycle of time as we unroll the scrolls of our lives. It’s up to us every New Year to write the story we wish for ourselves. In that sense we are each of us a Torah, ready to be embraced by our higher selves.
Please join us Monday morning October 24th at 10:00 am for Sh’mini Atzeret Yizkor and Simchat Torah celebration Monday evening at 6:30 pm
A Joyous Yontef!
Steven L Silver, Rabbi