The High Holy Days is a unique ten-day period where Jews from across the globe join together in prayer and repentance as we reflect on our lives
and collectively vow to do better in the coming year.
I have to say that I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of the High Holy Days. Concepts like tashlich (letting go of the sins that bind us), and t’shuvah (repentance) allow us to truly own our transgressions while at the same time, release us from their grip so we can choose to start anew.
My prayer this year is simple yet uniquely challenging. I pray to enter this sacred time with an open heart so I will see myself and others honestly and with acceptance. I pray for the courage to face my inadequacies and accept that I may have hurt others as others have hurt me. I pray for the willingness to forgive as many transgressions in others as I am asking to be forgiven for. And lastly, I pray to be granted the wisdom and strength to foster peace in my life and to work to build peace in the world around me.
May you and your family find peace in the coming year. I pray that you enjoy good health and much happiness.
On behalf of Rod and my entire family,
I wish each of you L’Shanah Tovah!