In the next 25 hours, as you gather together
to participate in Yom Kippur prayer services, in-person or online –
Or perhaps you take silent time at the beach to contemplate
your last year –
What & from whom did you learn?
- Who did you hurt, intentionally or otherwise?
- What amends do you need to make?
- For what are you still angry?
- Did you love enough?
- Were you generous with your time?
- Where did you give? What difference did you make?
In these hours of contemplation,
May you touch holiness,
allow your heart soar with music that lifts you,
Remember to also look for the good,
while you scour your soul and past year’s deeds.
Even if it’s one piece of music,
or one prayer that touches your heart,
or one interaction with a fellow seeker –
may that be enough fuel
to feel renewed this year –
So that you are strengthened by this holiday –
in your speaking up,
and making this universe
the place it is intended to be –
and where each human being is afforded
dignity and safety and a home
free of violence.
May you drink from the well
of our profound tradition –
so that you touch that place within you
that is so pure and so holy –
So that you can grow into the
person you are truly meant to be –
to give the gifts that only you can give.
May you be sealed for a good year –
G’mar Chatimah Tovah –
Rabbi Jill Zimmerman
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