I love the super cute interactions of my kids. (And trust me – not every interaction is super cute!) This week, we went out for ice cream. As Maya and Eli shared their yummy flavors with one another, I thought deeply about this time of year in our Jewish calendar.
Yom Kippur, while being a day of deep personal introspection, is really not a day of personal space. We join together sharing peoplehood and community, woven into ritual and liturgy. We resonate with the music. We reflect on the sermon. We respond to the call of the shofar. And we hold one another up in the process.
While it’s a day when we hope to receive an added soul, it’s also a day that our presence gives light to those around us.
Yom Kippur is our moment in time as a people. It prepares us to move on to capture moments in time as individuals.
With love and shalom,
Rabbi Zach Shapiro