For the High Holy Days I find comfort in the familiar. I treasure the timeless aspects of our observances that evoke cherished memories – several of which I have shared in previous messages. Like most or even all of us, I logged into our Rosh Hashanah services with trepidation. How could this online experience possibly allow the same feelings or have the same meaning? While I do miss being together physically, I found our Zoom observances quite moving. Rabbi Dean wrote above about the importance of being capable of change and growth. I think that as a community, we are displaying an amazing ability to change and adapt to very difficult circumstances.
Even though I have repeatedly done so already, I still want to thank Rabbi Dean and Cantor Shayndel, our Ritual Committee, Wendy Roth, and Michelle Husby. This has been a challenging process and I believe the challenge is being met brilliantly. We are a resilient community that I am confident will continue to overcome the obstacles, both known and unknown, that we are sure to face in the future.
I look forward to seeing everyone online for Yom Kippur. May we all have an easy fast.
We are Temple Beth Hillel.
If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am not for others, what am I?
And if not now, when? -Rabbi Hillel