Rosh Hashanah, the Days of Awe, and all that follows, ask those who celebrate to take a moment, reflect back on the year, and look inward. It's a time for a soul inventory, a Chestbon Hanefesh and to ask ourselves and each other questions beyond our individual faiths: Who am I? What kind of nation would you like to build? What kind of world do you want to build?
This is the Jewish New Year's message and gift - a reminder that we have infinite potential to change our lives and start anew. Partner with the Divine and fellow humans in the ongoing work for creation. To help rebuild communities by compassion, kindness, empathy and acts of kindness. When we are not living up to our values, repentance or teshuva is required. Rosh Hashanah is a reminder that each of us has the capacity to bridge the gap between what we see and what we want.
We've made some significant progress in this effort, but there is still much to do. We must protect ourselves and our fellow citizens from a rare virus. To create an economic system that offers opportunity for all Americans. To refuse to give hate any safe harbor and to speak out against antisemitism, wherever it may manifest. Reaffirming our unbreakable bond with Israel.
May 5782 be a year full of progress, healing, health, and happiness. May we all be inscribed into the Book of Life.
Jill and I send our sincere wishes to everyone who celebrates Rosh Hashanah in America, Israel, and all around the globe.
Shanah Tovah U'Metukah. It be a sweet, happy, and healthy new year.