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Two personal Rosh Hashanah Moments

Wednesday, 23 September, 2020 - 3:02 pm

It is a New Year, a very different one, but it is a new start and G-d willing for a good year of health, happiness and more. For most people Rosh Hashanah was not the same as it usually was, yet at the same time, the strong desire to connect, be inspired, hear Shofar and pray and reflect on the first days of the year, was a testimony to the spiritual and moral hopes and aspirations that are at the core of all of us.

As many have commented, the Shofar and its clarion call for change, had a different touch as it was blown outdoors and in nature. The simple sound of the Shofar, coupled with the rustling of the leaves and the chirping of the birds, seemed to pierce nature itself as the world around us absorbed the sounds of change, hope and meaning that the Shofar represented.

One of my own personal highlights of Rosh Hashanah was blowing the Shofar for a huge socially distant crowd at the Grist Mill, as people from every part of the community came together to hear the piercing yet simple sound and call of the Shofar. Without too many words, the looks on people's faces who came to do Tashlich and prepare for a new year, all told the story of the last few months, yet also showed the desire to be with others in the hopes and prayers for a better future.

Another personal highlight was hearing from my 13 year old son, Zalman, about his walks to visit some homebound people on Rosh Hashanah and helping them hear the Shofar as he blew for them outdoors. Of course as he walked wearing his hat & suit for Rosh Hashanah, other people said hello to him and wished him Shana Tova and when he offered to sound the Shofar for them, they were beyond grateful.

In these days of the High Holy Days we continue to pray that the coming year be a year of good health, meaning, success and healing for the world, as the world continues to deal with the many challenges of our time.  This Shabbat is known as Shabbat Shuva, the Shabbat of Return as the message of these days continues to resonate into the first Shabbat of the year. Tomorrow for those who are comfortable you may join us for outdoor Shabbat Services in the tent and on the lawn.

Please read below for info on Yom Kippur and the full schedule for before and on Yom Kippur and we hope to see you and connect with you over the coming days one way or another.

Shabbat Shalom & Good Shabbos & Gmar Chatima Tova

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