Hayom Harat Ha’Olam… These words taken from rabbinic tradition are translated as: Today is the day that the world was created. For the ancient rabbis, Rosh HaShanah (the Jewish new year which begins today at sundown) represents the birthday of the Universe… we celebrate creation and are reminded that every day is a new beginning and every year, a new opportunity to make things right.
Join us tonight and tomorrow morning, as we celebrate Rosh Hashanah and ask for blessings, wisdom, healing and protection, guidance and insight as we enter into a new Jewish Year. For those of us awakening after Hurricane Fiona, we add extra prayers for healing and repair for our communities. This storm, like so many natural disasters and other catastrophes, are reminders that the world was given to us to cherish: l’taken olam b’malchut Shaddai (we are commanded to complete the work of creation by fixing all that is broken in order for the Divine Presence to rest upon us/fill this world with abundance and blessing for all…
In a sense, the acts of destruction that we witness- the violence and brokenness that happen every day- these are our wake-up calls to do better and be better. Like a shofar call, Mother Nature is calling to us all and begging us to change the course of history… Let us respond “Hineni” – Here I am… here we are… ready to do Your Will of repair, healing, justice and rebuilding… May we make of this planet a place where the Presence of G!d can reside and be visible to all who are seeking… And may this be the year when this prayer becomes reality.
Everyone is welcome to join me for High Holy Day Services as I lead the Reform Jewish Community of Atlantic Canada in welcoming in the Jewish New Year, with Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur worship services. As always all our prayer services are free, inclusive, interactive and accessible to Jews and seekers alike! Please register for each worship service to receive its unique Zoom link:
Erev Rosh Hashana: https://urj.tfaforms.net/876
Rosh Hashana Morning: https://urj.tfaforms.net/877
Erev Yom Kippur: https://urj.tfaforms.net/881
Yom Kippur Morning: https://urj.tfaforms.net/882
Shanah Tovah to all- may the coming new year be filled with sweetness and blessing for us all.