Rabbi Julie's September 2019 Letter to the Congregation

posted Sep 1, 2019, 2:51 PM by Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir
September 2019

Dear Chevre,

We are in an intense period of holy days that started with the tumbling of the Temple walls on Tisha B'Av and will continue all the way through the harvest of Sukkot. I hope you'll be joining us for the peak days in the middle, the big days for showing up in Jewish community: Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur. Thank you to all the people already hard at work to prepare for these convocations.

When we internalize the message of the journey through this sacred passage of holy days, we note that every life has times of hardship, loss, mourning and grief. It's impossible to be human without experiencing hard stuff. That's why we can't step through the gateway of the New Year without acknowledging that sadness and challenge is a part of life. So we start the journey on the day that commemorates destruction, Tisha B'Av, a serious day of mourning in Jewish tradition.

From there we enter the runway into the New Year that includes Selichot and all the High Holy Days. With prayer and Torah and song and connection we step with joy into a year that we hope will grow all of us into more awareness, kindness and justice.

Finally, our harvest festival allows us to reap the learning and the treasures of abundance that we've encountered on the journey. I am so glad to be on this journey with you. 

Shana Tova U'Metukah/A Sweet New Year,
Rabbi Julie
Rabbi Julie and colleagues at the Board of Rabbis' Tisha B'Av program in support of refugees; diverse sectors of the Jewish community attended along with campers from Jewish summer camps.