Shanah tova—hope everyone had a sweet beginning to the new year and a meaningful fast! Hard to believe that after ten days of Awe, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are right on the horizon, no?
I myself spent Rosh Hashanah day one and Yom Kippur at Adas Israel. Juggling grad school and work has the tendency to infringe on the rest of my schedule, so I tried to make High Holidays as personally meaningful as possible by taking what I could out of the services. Here are some of my highlights:
- Rabbi Feinberg’s Rosh Hashanah sermon on taking a critical look at issues of racism in recent Israeli past, and doing what we can to foster and support tolerance, diversity and acts of co-existence.
- Hearing Cantor Arianne Brown, the choir and accompanist! They made the spirituality of the day all the more accessible.
- Including a news report covering the massacre at the Jewish day school in Toulouse, France in the martyrology service. May the memories of the slain be for a blessing.
- Rabbi Steinlauf’s Yom Kippur sermon on finding “Makom,” or place, within the community.
What are some of your favorite moments? Sound off! And enjoy the start to a prosperous new year.