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Shana Tova! It's the Birthday of the World! - Issue #10

September 6 · Issue #10 · View online
The Musings of a Rabbi
New Beginnings
May it be Your will, O Lord my God to lead me in peace,
to guide my steps in peace,
to uphold me in peace
to save me from any enemy or entrapment along the way
to bless the works of my hands
and permit me to find grace, favor and mercy in Your eyes
and in the eyes of all who behold me
Blessed are You, O Lord, who hears prayer ~ Reuven Hammer, Entering Jewish Prayer.
I offer this prayer because I discovered it in my first month of rabbinical school, and it has guided me through all of the transitions in my life since then, and I offer it to you as a prayer to ground us in the beginning of a new year. 
Rosh Hashanah is the anniversary of the creation of the world, and since the world is quite old, there is much to be thankful for and to celebrate. Rosh Hashanah orients us towards discussions about creation and the majesty of the universe. Rosh Hashanah is also a time of remembrance. We often call this holiday Yom Hazikaron a day of remembrance. In the liturgy, we remember how God redeemed us from slavery, and we remember our own deeds. We reflect on those times when we might not have lived up to our best selves and remember the times when we did. We remember our own personal histories and our journeys that have brought us to this day.
On the surface, the 5782 High Holiday season is starting similarly to last year’s holiday season. We are still dealing with a global pandemic, last year there was so much uncertainty about how we are to celebrate these holidays, but we made history by quickly adapted to the reality that our values of gathering in large groups together in prayer conflicted directly with our value of Pikuach Nefesh - saving a life.  
This year we will still celebrate these holiest of days, either virtually, in small groups, or outside. However you celebrate, do so safely so that next year we can come together and celebrate again. 
Susan's Acting Debut
Yesterday Susan and I made a holiday video of her baking challah for Rosh Hashanah. Susan also discussing why she makes challah and why you should not buy it in the store. Check it out and please if you haven’t already please subscribe to my Youtube channel.
Rabbi Talk: It's Rosh Hashanah and Susan Makes Challah ✡️ Episode 5
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Shana Tova and have a sweet and wonderful new year.
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