Jews all over the world begin this Shabbat by reading the first chapters of the Torah.
Clearly, “In the beginning…” is a very good place to start.
I’m always blown away at how these sacred stories are simultaneously timeless and intensely personal.
They remind us where the Jewish story fits into the human story, and how we might find ourselves pivotal in an endless universe.
But my favorite thing about starting Genesis is that we are starting afresh. Rosh HaShannah and the High Holidays have come and gone, as have Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Now we are, thankfully, back to the incredible Jewish ‘routine’ of the regular year.
Many of you have told me that one of your New Year’s resolutions for 5780 is to come to Friday night services more regularly, minimally once per month.
This is a good start.
With the momentum of the Jewish New Year and the beginning of our Torah cycle, I’d like to suggest that you start on your aspiration this Shabbat.
Couldn’t you use the spiritual and emotional boost that comes from praying together in our Sanctuary?
Don’t overthink it.
Just write it into your calendar. Call a friend or two to meet you at TE (if you feel like it). And come.
You will find, as always, a warm welcome back into your spiritual home- Temple Emanu-El.
See you there?