on Friday, 22 January 2016.
Posted in Rabbi's Blog
From our rabbi...
L’shanah tovah! Happy and healthy New Year to one and all. May 2016 be a year filled with love and light. At this, thedarkest time of the year in terms of the hours of sunlight(and cloudiness), I hope that the Or Shalom, the light of peace, that emanates from our congregational family, spreads warmth to all of our hearts.
As many of you know, my family has grown through thearrival of Eliora Sophie Margolis—born November 16. Wehave been blanketed in the warmth of our Or Shalom community, as so many of you have expressed your wishes, brought us meals, made donations in her honor and helped us all feel loved at this special time in our lives. Rachel and I thank you, all of you, in our community, for the support you have given us by allowing me to be home for a couple of weeks on paternal leave so that I could spend special moments transitioning our family to our new reality. Every day, we feel more and more blessed to be apart of the light that you create.
As we enter this New Year together, I hope we can all findways to experience light and wonder in our lives. OurJewish tradition encourages us not to sit back and wait formiracles to happen, however, but to seek ways to kindle and spread light. I want to share a ritual with you that has brightened my life, and I invite you to see if it can work for you. For the past few years, Rachel and I have gotten together with close friends to create a set of New Year’s goals and priorities. We chart out goals in six different categories: Family, Career, Health, Friendships/Community, Marital elationship and Personal. We share our lists of goals, one category at a time. When the next year comes around, we take our lists, review last year’s priorities, and assess ourselves in front of our group of trusted friends. By taking the time to create goals, and also share them with one another, we have created a sense of accountability to and for one another that pushes us a little closer to actualizing our resolutions.
I invite you to find your own cohort of New Year’s buddies.Whether you adapt this ritual or create your own, may youfind a few moments to dream, together, of ways you cancontinue to bring light into this New Year for yourselves,for one another and for our world. Happy and healthy2016 to all!
L’shalom,Rabbi Ari N. Margolis
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