on Wednesday, 26 August 2015.
Posted in Rabbi's Blog
From our RabbiThis has been a wonderful first month in service to our Or Shalom family!
Rachel, Laila, Adaya and I offer you our thanks, as you have welcomed us with an incredible amount of Or Shalom warmth. The board and transition committee went to a lot of effort preparing for our arrival. You have helped unpack our home, made suggestions for doctors and parks and showed up in wonderful community fashion at our events and Shabbat services. This has offered us an exciting new beginning. I hope we can help every person who enters our community feel as loved and supported as you have made us feel!
While I have had the opportunity get to know many of you, I am still excited to meet those of you I have not yet gotten to know. With our High Holidays approaching, I look forward to sharing these days of awe, celebration and renewal with you.
Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur will usher in our New Year, 5776, and offer us all the chance to create new beginnings. Each year, these holidays extend to us an invitation to break the detrimental habits that have slipped into our routines and pull ourselves closer to the persons we each strive to be. The time we spend together is not meant to be a mere “to do” item in our calendars, but rather a real chance to enact change in our lives. We do not need to move across the country to establish new beginnings, but like a big move, accepting the invitation for newness from our holidays does require us to do some prep work.
Saturday evening, August 15, began the Hebrew month of Elul. This is the month of reflection that leads us to our High Holidays. It is the time for us to start preparing ourselves for the opportunities we might embrace in this new year. If we are able to spend time asking forgiveness from those we’ve harmed, offering forgiveness to those who have wronged us, and identifying patterns in our lives that we want to change, our Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services will be more fruitful. Rather than last-gasp efforts to make a transition happen, they become celebrations of the hopes we have for this next year.
To help you find some inspiration for this process, consider checking out the Jewels of Elul site, jewelsofelul.com, in which you can sign up to receive a blast of wisdom each day that leads up to our new year. Be on the lookout for other opportunities I will send your way via our weekly email and Facebook posts.
L’shana tova u’metukah – to all, a happy and healthy and sweet new year. May we each find new beginnings that allow 5776 to be a year of meaningful connections.
L’shalom,Rabbi Ari Margolis
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