Change is hard, but necessary, particularly when it comes to healing and strengthening relationships. We come together as a community on the High Holy Days to support one another in the process of teshuvah, our return to a more meaningful, wholesome life.
Few people, if any, have the spiritual awareness and relationship with God that Abraham had. However, we each have the ability to emulate Adam and begin our relationship with God simply by turning to Him and asking for that which we need.
Once a year, on the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, we have the rare opportunity to pause, reflect and unearth our inner "I". Once a year, we are presented with an extraordinary occasion to pay heed to our call of duty and to that which we ought to be.
Instinctively the human being is "self oriented" and looks out for self pleasure and gain. However, a person has the choice to go beyond self and be "other oriented," when we do so we feel the sensitivities and needs of others.
When technology helps us be present and connect to others, it's a wonderful tool. But we also must be mindful of when we're using technology simply for its own sake and evaluate whether it is standing in the way of deeper connections.
May the sounds of the Shofar awaken us out of our slumber and lead us to this higher calling of unity, to self-forgiveness, and to our duties to all humankind, to the meaning of life, and toward the knowledge that we are all inextricably bound together in unity.
Next week begins the Jewish High Holidays, a month of feasting and fasting, of repenting and rejoicing -- like every other time of the Jewish year. Except that the High Holidays are actually a time of radical newness.
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and a time for reflecting on the past year while opening wide for the sweetness of the year to come. I'll cook for the Jewish holidays and offer the recipes to you.
The mikveh feels a little like the womb. But you can't stay under long, no matter how lovely the sound and sensation of your splashing heart. You have to get out of the water, where the rest of this life is waiting to begin.
Memo to peacemakers in Washington, Jerusalem and Ramallah: Embrace those who link to a common humanity. Among them, you may be able to hammer out a negotiated agreement. All others will reap the whirlwind.