From Rabbi Binah Wing
Slow down!! Lately, I find myself thinking these words, speaking them mostly to Father Time. As I write this article, I can’t quite believe that August is already over and that soon autumn will be upon us. Summer seemed to go so fast this year. I recently heard someone lament that they felt as if they were robbed of their summer. It kind of seems that way to me as well. There wasn’t quite enough of it before the press of the school year was upon us. That’s the nature of summer, I suppose. It leaves us reaching out our proverbial arms for just a little more of its warm rays. And, of course, with the end of summer and the beginning of school comes the arrival of our most holy and important days of the Jewish year – the High Holy Days.
Just like summer, the High Holy Days can come and go, passing us by like a breeze if we don’t take the time to prepare for them and be present in those moments. But how can we do this? What are some concrete steps we can take to get ready?