To our dear members and community,
We wish you and your families continued health and blessings. May the year 5781 bring the best of everything to you.
We miss being at Kahal, greeting everyone in person, but this year it was not meant to be. This too will pass, and we will come out stronger as a community. Thank you for your support and involvement in Kahal Joseph,
Shana Tova , Gmar Hatima Tova, Tizku Leshanim Rabbot ve Neimot
Yvette Dabby, President
This Rosh Hashanah is a monumental one. So many changes have been occurring in our World. On Rosh Hashanah, the energy and life force of the world is renewed for the entire upcoming year. It is a memorial of the beginning of creation. Rosh Hashanah is the “head of the year.” Just as the blueprint of our body resides in our brain, so too, on Rosh Hashanah, Hashem is empowering us to design a blueprint of our upcoming year.
For this reason we place a tremendous focus on blessing our year on these two days. Hashem has given us the gift of knowledge of how to prepare for the new Jewish year.
We fill our New Year with prayers and blessings to increase the blessings for our year. We have special meals on Rosh Hashanah to renew our faith in Hashem and request His blessing so that we and our families merit sweet years. We eat spiritually symbolic foods in order to draw down blessings connected to all our needs.
We focus on that which strengthens us and our spiritual fortune and well-being.
The Torah says 3 things remove the evil decree: teshuva, tefila, and tzedaka. Teshuva signifies returning to Hashem. Tefila requires praying to Hashem from the depths of our beings. Tzedakah involves sharing our gifts and giving charity and our time to others.
Spiritually, Rosh Hashanah is a combination of opposites. We feel awe and trepidation in anticipation of the judgement that takes place. Yet at the same time we feel joy and hope that the year will be a sweet and blessed one. Hashem is directing us to feel the whole spectrum of emotions. When we are able to feel opposing emotions, and they reside in us simultaneously, we can have a full life unencumbered by the psychological and emotional protective defenses we put up in our lives. Hashem wants us to be whole and complete people.
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