Implementing what we learned from the High Holidays in Cheshvan

Dear Friends,

On Sunday evening, you'll see a new moon rising in the sky, bringing with it the Jewish month of Cheshvan.

I always feel exhausted after the month of Tishrei, with Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah all in quick succession. And, it coincides with a burst of end of summer/beginning of the school year activities. Naturally, these bring a myriad of expectations: how I'll be a better student, a better friend, a better partner. Whether we used the High Holidays as a reflective opportunity or not, we all have ideas of how we're going to improve, promises to ourselves of who we're going to be.

Cheshvan, the only Jewish month without any holidays, is the time when those promises have to be put into action. Instead of long, relaxed days of sunshine, we settle in to school and work as the days get shorter and brisker. If we don't take time to pause and set routines to accomplish our goals, our Yom Kippur promises will fall by the wayside.

Judaism has a lot to teach us about the structure of our day and week. This month's Align session, on Sunday, October 18th, will be about just that: how we can build intentional space to accomplish our goals. Establishing routine and rituals is especially important to give structure and meaning to our time as we're working or learning from home. I hope you'll join us to think and learn more!

Chodesh tov - best wishes for a good month,

Valerie Brown

Community Educator