If you are reading your Hadashot newsletter today, that means we have made it through 5776. I think that is God’s way of telling us our work here on earth is not done. Have you ever wondered what that work is? I know I do. At the end of the day I try to look back and think, did I save a life, teach someone something or tell someone I love them and they are important?
We are very blessed in this country to be able to celebrate our faith in peace and without fear. This right and guarantee has been ensured by men and women who in every generation have gone forth to protect us.
This service is our way of showing our gratitude. Please bring a veteran — friend, neighbor, colleague or family member — to this service.
We have just finished celebrating the High Holy Days. How gratifying it was to look out over the congregation and see familiar faces — those who attend regularly, those from out of town who come home for the holidays, and those who are in town, but whom we don’t see often.
As we are in the month of Elul, we are blessed to be given a time and space in which we reflect on this past year. What happened this past year? What was great in our lives? What were the trying moments? Where do we want to take our lives in the next year? Who did we help? Who did we hurt? What do we want to do again? What do we never want to repeat? Where do we go from here?