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We're not Shofar Apart

09/18/2020 12:28:30 PM

Sep18

Delicious aromoas of yom tov meals, familiar melodies, and the sound of the shofar remind us that Rosh Hashanah is upon us. Only one thing is missing - all the people. We miss our family and friends who are always with us for the holidays. We miss the crowds of people in shul, wishing one another a sweet new year. We miss the hugs and kisses of loved ones - as we recall the safety of their embrace. All is different about this year.

This new reality has stifled the closeness that we all crave. Yet, we have found new ways to engage, share, and grow together. Who would have thought that entire communities could connect and learn together - from home?! We have found more ways to daven, learn, socialize, and be together, even if not in person, for the time being.

My prayer and hope is that we use this time as a challenge to find new avenues to connect and remind one another that we are not alone, beaten, or incapacitated. Indeed we are resilliant, capable, and determined to continue to grow and love and thrive, even in challenging times.

May God always watch over you and your family. May you come to realize new ways to grow and learn, connect with others, and bring them closer to Torah. If we can do that, we will realize that we are not Shofar apart after all.

Wishing you a k'tiva v'chatima tova - a year of blessing, health, and prosperity.

Rabbi Suson

Wed, April 14 2021 2 Iyyar 5781