Friday, September 28, 2012

Rich in Communities

We long for community and to make lifelong connections.

I have discovered that my world is a kaleidoscope of communities.

Does my circle of communities ever collide in meaningful ways?


But even when they don’t come together, they exist and they support my life’s story.

Are you also rich in communities?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Writing on the Scrolls of Our Lives

Days are like scrolls: Write on them only what you want remembered. -Bahya Ibn Pakuda

“What is your goal for this New Year? Do you have a purpose that you want to define? What are your hopes?” 

My minyan consisted of men and women between the ages of 89 and 99.

One woman in a wheelchair prayed with her eyes closed, but the others were totally awake and aware at the assisted living facility where I offer a High Holiday medley of music and meaning at the beginning of every Jewish New Year.

I want to forgive everyone who has ever hurt me.

I want to tell my children that I love them forever even after I die.

I want to reconcile with my best friend.

I want to write the last chapter of my memoir the way I want it to end.

I want to live fully while I am still alive.

I want those whom I have loved and lost to rest in peace.

Today, we write on the scrolls that will be our Book of Life for the year ahead.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Change, Contribution, Contemplation

The Jewish New Year emphasizes change in three directions.

Teshuva: Repent and return to your highest potential.
Tzedaka: Contributions of money or time that will make a difference
Tefilla: Prayer with noble intentions

May you find meaning in this sacred ritual. May your prayers reach the heavenly spheres. May you be blessed coming and going on your path.

Shana Tova U’mituka!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Teach Me How to Ask

True faith teaches us how to ask.

You begin with your doubts.

You open yourself up to your vulnerabilities.

You ask from the place of authenticity and pain.

Blessings on this New Year 5773. May you fulfill your heart’s desire every day.