Yom Rishon, 14 Tishri 5779
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  • City Market Shabbat 2014 at State of Art Gallery
  • David Syme Lecturing David Syme talking about Jewish Roots and the Classics
  • David Syme David Syme performing at Temple Beth-El, June 6th 2014
  • Our Sanctuary
  • GRTY at Rock Cut Park Greater Rockford Temple Youth (GRTY) having fun at Rock Cut State Park in Love's Park
  • Unwrapping the Torah Unwrapping the Torah during Sinchat Torah
  • Simchat Torah Simchat Torah 2005
  • Sukkot In the Sukkah
  • Shabbat in the Park
  • City Market Shabbat 2014 at State of Art Gallery
  • David Syme Lecturing
  • David Syme
  •  Our Sanctuary
  • GRTY at Rock Cut  Park
  • Unwrapping the Torah
  • Simchat Torah
  • Sukkot



Rabbi Wing

Dear Friends

From Rabbi Binah Wing

Chaverim,  

First and fore-most, thank you to everyone who was able to be a part of the celebration last month as our daughter, Lilly, became a bat mitzvah. Part of what made it so special was that we were surrounded by so many of you, our community. It was a very special day for us, our whole family, and especially for Lilly. Thank you again.
 
Now we turn our attention to the High Holy Days which are right around the corner. Preparing ourselves – heart, mind, and souls – for these days is often a challenge, especially when it comes amidst the other changes at this time of year. Our family understands this deeply this year! The lull of summer is giving way to the rush of the fall. School is well underway for our children and grandchildren. Vacations have been taken and we are back at work. We might even say, “It’s just not possible to get ready in advance.” Deep down we know, though, that we have to find a way because these sacred days come only once a year and we don’t want to let those moments for reflection and repentance pass us by.
 
The choir has been working hard already and have been filling the air of the building on Tuesday evenings with the spirit of the holidays through their music. When I have gone to rehearsals, I too have begun to spiritually “tune in.” What else can we do, with our everyday busy-ness to prepare?
 
For starters, we can begin with just our thoughts. Perhaps we might begin by reflecting on the year that has passed. What has changed in our lives since last September? What has remained the same? Are there parts of our lives that we wish had changed but did not? What might our role be in trying to change the aspects that we’d like? And of course, in reflecting on the year, we might also delve into our missteps over the course of the year. What do we wish that we had done? What do we wish that we had not done? We might also, then, begin to make amends for the wrongs we have committed.
 
Apologizing is never easy but it can go a long way in healing relationships and taking weights off of our consciences. As you know, during the High Holy Days, we try and mend our relationship with God which has surely suffered over the course of the year. But this is also a time to work on our other relationships as well. We can ask ourselves – have we been the best parent, child, sibling, friend that we could be?

Now is the time to begin thinking about these important questions so that when we walk into the sanctuary on September 9th, we will be ready. The High Holy Days are meant to be an interactive experience. They don’t just happen to you, while you sit and take it in. Rather, you also must put in the “work” necessary to find meaning.
 
One easy way to enter into these days and this process is to attend our beautiful Selichot service. In many ways, this service captures the themes of all of the High Holy Days. It is not a long service but it is quite powerful. It helps to set the tone for your High Holy Day experience. The evening begins with a social time at 8:30pm and the service begins at 9:30pm. This year, it falls on the Saturday night of Labor Day Weekend.
 
I look forward to spending these High Holy Days together.
 
Shlomo, Lilly, Dana, and I wish you all a sweet, healthy, and happy New Year 5779!

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