As the High Holidays are quickly approaching, it is vital that we each take the time to
contemplate and consider all that has happened in the year 5777, and what we will
do to make the year 5778 more meaningful and productive, in both our spiritual and
physical selves.
Rosh Hashanah. There are many words that can be used to describe the beginning
of a new year. Yet, we use the word Rosh, head. The ‘body’ of the year, the 363 days,
aside from Rosh Hashana, are all dependent on what we do for the 48 hours on the
‘head’ of the year. Just as the head of a body dictates to the limbs and organs on how
to behave, react, and work, so too our ‘head’, our Rosh Hashanah, sets the tone for
our new year to come. If we make the effort to be a little more kind on Rosh
Hashanah, our year will be filled with just a bit more kindness. If we take the time to
feed our Neshamah, our soul, on Rosh Hashanah, we will have elevated ourselves for
the New Year. If we are careful with our words on Rosh Hashanah, to only speak
good about others, then our speech and relationships will be more refined
throughout the year.
On Rosh Hashanah 5778, we will be standing together, with our family and friends,
in our Young Israel. Yes, the location has changed. Yes, it is different then Elizabeth
St. Yes, the Shul doesn’t look the same. Yet, we have seen over the past year that the
core values and traditions that the Young Israel believes in have not wavered. On
the contrary, we have worked alongside the Shaar Shalom to ensure that Ashkenaz
Jewish life continues to thrive in Chomedey.
We must also make known our tremendous gratitude to the efforts of the past
executive committee, led by George Finkelstein, who have worked tirelessly to make
the transition to the Shaar Shalom as smooth and stress-free as possible. It is also
with great reassurance that we welcome our new executive, led by Issie Baum, to
continue what has been done in the past as well as plan for a brighter future.
We must utilize this Rosh Hashanah, the head of the year, to commit to not only
elevate these holy days, but to make sure that it’s message carries us through the
year to come as well. Just as we spend these days praying and connecting to
Hashem, avoiding any external distractions, we must commit to do so throughout
the year as well, on a daily and weekly basis.
As we do our part, Hashem will surely reciprocate and bless us all with a happy and
healthy sweet new year.
Rochel, Eli, Chana Leah, Esther and Messoda join me in wishing you a Shana Tova
Umetouka, a happy and healthy sweet new year to all.