Rosh ha-Shanah, September 20-22, 2017 – 1-2 Tishrei 5778
Shabbat Shuvah, the Sabbath of Return - September 22-23, 2017 – 3 Tishrei 5778
Torah: Deuteronomy 32:1-52
Haftarah: Hosea 14:2-10
As we enter the New Year, 5778, we celebrate and learn with three important stories:
- the Binding of Isaac on the First Day of Rosh ha-Shanah at Temple Beth Zion, both at 805 Delaware Ave., and at Becker Farms;
- the story of Creation from the opening of Genesis on the Second Day of Rosh ha-Shanah – I will join Congregation Beth Abraham to talk about this on Friday morning;
- and the powerful final poem of Moses in Deuteronomy – Rabbi Scheldt will lead study and worship for this beautiful text for the Shabbat between Rosh ha-Shanah and Yom Kippur, on Friday evening and Saturday morning.
Sacrifice and Creation, Instructions and Farewells – we find in these readings an abundance of themes as we reflect on the year gone by, and look forward with hope to the year to come.
In order to make the coming year a better one, filled with greater reverence for all aspects of Creation, what will we give up? Conservation of Energy and conventional wisdom agree, there is no free ride, we cannot get something from nothing – what will we sacrifice to make things improve in the year to come?
As we say goodbye to the things we leave behind, let us embrace good Instructions, good “Torah”, about what we build next.
May our thought and attention be applied to the creation of sound and supple structures.
May we find ways to balance our needs and desires as we work together to change things for the better.
Wishing everyone safety, comfort, and inspiration as we enter the New Year.