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Please join us for a special Erev Shabbat Service
Led by our
Temple Youth Group, GRTY
Friday, March 7th, 7:30 pm
Come hear about their theme for this year:
Tools for Healthy Living: Mind, Body, Spirit
From Rabbi Binah Wing
From Rabbi Binah Wing
You may remember (or not!) that in my Erev Rosh Hashanah sermon I spoke about the topic of vision. I used McDonald’s as the example of a company that can look ahead to see what it wants to become and needs to become in the future. Then, I pointed out that, for us, the High Holy Days serve the same purpose. We are encouraged to envision the kind of people we’d like to be in the future, both in the short-term and the long-term. Toward that end, I encouraged all of us to choose one aspect of ourselves that we’d like to improve on in the next year and to envision how to get there. I also encouraged you to write down words that captured your goal and place them in a sealed envelope. I promised that six months down the line, I would mail those envelopes back to you. The date would be March 4
th, as in "March Forth" toward your goal.
Believe it or not, this date arrives this month and I will be putting your envelopes in the mail. For those of you who did not give me envelopes to mail, you can still reflect on what has changed with you over the last 6 months? Have you made any concerted efforts to be more of the kind of person you’d like to be? If the High Holy Days seem quite far off, keep in mind how fast these past six months have gone and perhaps it doesn’t seem so far after all. As the spring finally begins to break through (and I’m confident that it WILL eventually break through), let the renewal of the natural world around us inspire some renewal within ourselves.