I hope you had a meaningful Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, however you celebrated. Whether you observed in a synagogue, at home, or in the woods or by the water, whether you fasted or not, whether you recited the words of our liturgy or the words in your heart, I hope that the high holidays provided an opportunity for "at-one-ment."
I had the pleasure of leading the family services again this year at the New Synagogue Project, which was an absolute joy. This allowed me the chance to lead services in the morning and also to join the main services as a participant in the evenings for Kol Nidre and Neilah and I am grateful for that balance. Our services were filled with song, movement, breath, and time to share our hopes for the new year those around us. A huge Yasher Koach (great job!) and thank you to Rabbi Joseph Berman and the NSP High Holiday Team for their countless hours of preparation and effort making sure everything went so well. And thank you to William Rivlin, who played guitar and co-lead family services with me!
The Jewish holidays don't end after Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Sukkot starts this Sunday night followed by Hoshana Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret and finally Simchat Torah. Sukkot falls the 15th of Tishrei, which is always a full moon, filling the night sky during the week that we eat and dwell in the sukkah to celebrate the fall harvest season. I invite you to consider: what are the blessings in your life that you are harvesting at this time?
I look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks at our next Align: Art & Spirituality session, our monthly gathering integrating seasonal wellness, Jewish spirituality and creative expression. Consider giving yourself the gift of a full year or half year membership to the Align series which will also support the work of the Tasman Center with your commitment.
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May the full moon of Tishrei herald sustenance, abundance, assurance, and illuminate the days and weeks ahead.
Shabbat Shalom and Happy Sukkot,
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