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Welcoming Cheshvan

This week we welcomed the new moon and Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan. After the whirlwind of the past month of Tishrei, with one holiday after another, we find ourselves now in a month with no other Jewish holidays except for Shabbat. Because of this, Cheshvan is a chance to take a deep breath and exhale, and get back to our regular schedules.

Like the new moon, Cheshvan is an empty vessel, full of potential. Cheshvan is a chance to mindfully get back into our daily and weekly routines, hopefully bringing some of the holiness from the new year with us. Without all of the festivals in the Jewish calendar like we had in Tishrei, Cheshvan gives us a chance to actually take the time to look back at the goals we set for ourselves at Rosh Hashanah and start to make plans for how to live those intentions.

In the ayurvedic calendar, we are also in the Vata season, which is associated with the element of wind. As the leaves are falling and blowing and we begin to feel a chill in the air, we can deeply feel this season of Vata. It's important to balance this out with warm, grounding practices, and seasonal foods to help you feel rooted. It's also cold and flu season so be sure to take care of yourself. What are your favorite seasonal foods or beverages for autumn? What are your favorite practices that help you feel grounded, supported, and cozy? If you need help figuring out what practices to incorporate at this time of year, or to integrate some mindfulness techniques to your routine, be in touch.

To welcome Cheshvan, we gathered for our first Align session of 5780. It was a beautiful workshop that included meditation, making vision boards in our journals and sharing our intentions and blessings for this coming month. Additionally, we had our second WellBodies program at the Adas Israel Community Mikvah program this week which was an exploration of Creativity through movement led by Robert Bettman. Join us for our upcoming Align sessions and WellBodies programs (info below).

In a few weeks, I'll be heading to my hometown of Louisville, KY to be a Shabbat Scholar at Congregation Adath Jeshurun on November 23 and to lead a retreat for Spirit of Sophia on November 24. I am really looking forward to each of these programs and am grateful for the opportunity to bring my Torah - my spirituality and creativity - to these communities in Louisville.

Chodesh Tov and Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Sarah