Shana Tova – Getting Into The Spirit of (57)76.

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I’m looking forward to seeing all of you at High Holiday services. It will be a time of celebration, personal renewal, introspection, apologizing and forgiving. Let’s “party hard” on Rosh Hashanah – counting our blessings, appreciating ourselves and those around us (and telling them how important they are) and vowing to try new things in the New Year. Let’s get into the “spirit of 76” (5776) and make it a good, even great, year. Let’s not wait for good things to happen – let’s make them happen!

As we approach Yom Kippur, let’s be honest with ourselves. It’s time to mend fences, to say I’m sorry, to forgive others and to accept what we can’t change about our lives. As we all know: “Perfect is the enemy of the good.” Even as we struggle to improve ourselves, let’s accept a certain amount of limitation and even failure. Torturing oneself is not “teshuva” and perspective is important on these “Days of Awe/Yamim Noraim,” as well.

My sermons will address:

Erev Rosh Hashanah – “My Spiritual Autobiography and Yours”

Rosh Hashanah Morning, First Day – “Hurting and Healing: An Intergenerational Story”

Rosh Hashanah Morning, Second Day – Torah Study

Kol Nidre – “Who and What Are We?”

Yom Kippur Morning – “Choosing Life, Learning And Ethics”

These sermons will focus on past, present and future, self and family, life’s meaning and what Judaism offers us.

Best wishes for a New Year of joy, health, creativity, justice and peace.

Shana Tova,

Rabbi Arnie Rachlis

September 8th 2015 |