My Hopes and Wishes for the New Year

111As the holiday approaches there are so many questions that remain unanswered in our lives.  Some of these questions are common to us all, while others are personal to each individual.  Everyone is looking for a sense of hope and promise that something better is in store for them in the future. It’s the common ground and beauty that is the holiday of Rosh Hashanah. As God gives us this extraordinary opportunity for redemption for our failings of the past year, we pray for the opportunity for a better year ahead. It gives us something to hold onto, and maybe even more importantly, something to look forward to.

We live in a difficult and scary time.  As we sit here today, no one knows what lies ahead in what is a very complicated and murky future.  We somehow need to find balance and peace.  Balance that translates into how we treat our fellow-man, and peace within ourselves and the world we live in. Tolerance is important.  It can truly makes the world a better place.  But tolerance for evil is misplaced tolerance and can and will put our future in serious jeopardy.   We need to know who our friends are, who our enemies are, but maybe more importantly, who is neither our friend nor our enemy.  If we know that, maybe we will focus our energies in the right direction.

What I wish for everyone above all else is to be safe, be healthy, and to try to become a better person.  If all of us do that, the world does get better, because some just might get there by trying.

May you be blessed with the sweetest of years.

Shana Tova, Happy New Year to you all.

 

 

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