Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
As I write this week’s message, the NFL season is now up and running and yes, our Cardinals got out of the gate on the right note with a “W”. The baseball season is down to the last couple of weeks with some very tight wild card races, including my beloved Boston Red Sox right in the mix. Lori and I finally got around to seeing Hamilton at Gammage. But really the biggest thing on my mind has been the Assert Y’mai Teshuva (10 days of repentance) that begins with Rosh Hashanah and ends with Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).
It has been noticeable to me these past couple of years how argumentative people have generally become. People can be very quick to anger over political issues, COVID vaccines, Afghanistan, the abortion issues in Texas, etc. No question these are huge and complex issues that one should be passionate about. Yet somehow, we generally seem to have lost a sense of civility. That is what I am thinking about as I prepare to face my maker on Yom Kippur.
On a happier note, this week two of our Leadership Advancement groups convened with their mentors.
There are five groups in all with over 50 participants who represent the future leadership of our Jewish community in the Valley. How blessed we are to have mentors willing to spend their time and share their experiences with this committed and enthusiastic group of participants who are stepping up and hopefully into leadership roles very soon.
This week’s Torah portion is Ha’azinu (Listen In), in the book of Deuteronomy, the fifth and final book in the five books of Moses. It is in this parsha that G-d tells Moses to ascend Mount Nebo, from where he will look into the Promised Land before his death on the mountain. But he will not be able to enter. It is my hope, as we lean into this High Holiday season, that we listen to each other deeply. That our young leaders listen well and learn from their mentors and that all of us continue to be passionate about what we believe, yet with a touch of civility and respect for the other.
I hope you all had a meaningful Yom Kippur.
Please start off the New Year right and give tzedakah.
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Light candles Friday evening at 6:13pm
Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 7:07pm
Shabbat Shalom and a Guten Kvitel (a positive verdict)
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