Rabbi's Message, Rabbi Linda Potemken
From Summer to Autumn
The signposts of September are here: shorter days,shifting weather, turning leaves, heavier traffic, school in session. We welcome Autumn as we say our goodbyes to this strange Summer of 2014. So many blessings, so many tears. Our local Summer weather was the best ever and many of us found opportunities for rest and rejuvenation. But it has also been a difficult Summer . In addition to the personal joys and sorrows that make up a life we are still grappling with the painful and confusing events in Israel, the Middle East and other places in the world.
In our Jewish world the signs of September signal the approach of a profound season and a new year. In addition to the comfort and joy that we find in our Beth Israel community, this season demands that we challenge ourselves in the service of living a meaningful life. In the weeks leading up to the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim or High Holy Days) we are asked to prepare ourselves. This is a time to examine our relationships with others and with our world. It is the season where we explore our purpose in life and evaluate how we use the precious gift of time. We are invited to identify that which is broken in our lives and in need of healing.