Content on Holidays
If we think that awe stems from a vastness, then we start to see ourselves less as the center, but as a spoke from it.
We do not have as much control over our lives as we would like. But we do have a choice in how we perceive the world around us.
During the High Holidays, we are asked to be intentional about who we are, how we’ve been, and who we want to be.
One way that Judaism teaches us to give voice, despite our speechlessness, is to invoke God’s name with words of blessing to give content and form to our awe and wonder.
God is seen as a parent in the High Holy Day liturgy. And parents know their children – their flaws, their gifts, and even sometimes their actions before they happen.
Both Judaism and Christianity celebrate spring festivals centered on redemptive stories.
Even if you’re deeply secure in your Jewish identity, Christmastime reminds Jews that it’s simply not easy to be a minority culture that needs to respond to the majority culture’s assumptions.
May this be a Chanukah of rededication to cleanliness and that our actions impact our community, not just individuals.
Like all of our work on these High Holy Days, a “User Review” draws us out of our own individual concern and calls us to see the wider world around us.
In this time of fragility, repairing the world is needed more than ever.
It might seem counterintuitive to look at a year when we’re hoping to be able to do more and say instead to ourselves, “let’s take a step back,” but I think that makes it all the more crucial.
We all struggle, we all deal with both good and bad luck, and even our moral judgments are not fully the results of our own decisions.