October 2019

The Tishrei holidays this year fall in October, which gives us the opportunity here and now to contemplate their overall significance, as well as to chart a path ahead upholding the holiday resolutions we make – namely, to do better and improve our lot.  

Prior to Rosh Hashanah, we launched our annual Kol Nidrei Appeal, asking all to generously contribute to building a solid foundation of financial sustenance and security for our MASKIT program.  ACI and its MASKIT program certainly help us all do better, enhancing our community and beyond. 

Elul, the month preceding Tishrei, asks that we prepare for the coming period of introspection, repentance, and return.  And following Yom Kippur, Sukkot asks that we move forward with great joy and appreciation.  The contents of these complementary intense holidays help us put into perspective the paths and purposes of our lives.  They help remind us also of how we can best use our time, energy, abilities, faith, and resources to do better.

The Neila service which closes Yom Kippur, also closes the High Holiday door of opportunity for repentance – but, that door does not close entirely.  Indeed, according to tradition, the door stays open just a sliver until the end of Sukkot, affording us just a little more time to get it right, to make a difference.  Similarly, our Kol Nidrei appeal continues through the end of Sukkot (which this year falls in late October), again affording us just a little more time to help get it right, to make a difference. 

From Judy, Ayelet, Eitan, Noam, and I, we wish you all a Shanah Tovah, and Chag Sameiach!

Bivracha,

Rabbi Pearl