5781

Tonight is Erev Rosh Hashanah, the eve of the Jewish new year. We are celebrating 5781 journeys around the sun. These are 5781 journeys of love and loss, peace and war, fear and joy, hopelessness and solace.

Perhaps it’s because we’ve had such a strange six months that I’m not feeling the familiar ache to be with my family that I usually experience around the High Holy Days. I felt that ache acutely for weeks and weeks and perhaps I’m just accustomed to it now. I think the unprecedented life we’ve all been living is what has actually left me quite calm about my plans to welcome the new year quietly and with reflection rather than attending socially distant religious services in a normally communal environment.

Given everything, it seems fitting to begin a new year taking explicit action at making the world a better place – the world needs it. This is why I decided to go to the blood bank right after school. The queue both inside and at the door indicated that I was not the only one feeling the need to act and it was heartening to be in the company of so many strangers.

As I walked slowly home from the bus stop, I felt the strength of my heartbeat and I felt it working hard. The world needs us to work hard – it will not heal on its own.

As this year flows into the next my wish is, as always, for peace. Peace among friends, among strangers, with the earth, water, and air. And my commitment is to take actions to achieve it. I welcome all to join me.

Shana tovah u’metukah.

Auckland, New Zealand – December 2018

6 thoughts on “5781”

  1. Beautiful sentiments Rebecca. I too have felt the need to act…and have done so with financial contributions above what, and to whom, I normally give. And it makes me feel good! All the best to you and our world for the coming year๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

    Sent from my iPad Frances

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  2. Beautiful sentiments from a beautiful woman, both inside and out. ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’œโค๏ธ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’•

    On Fri, Sep 18, 2020 at 9:30 AM, By Rebecca Michelle wrote:

    > > > > > > > Rebecca Michelle posted: ” > Tonight is Erev Rosh Hashanah, the eve of the Jewish new year. We are > celebrating 5781 journeys around the sun. These are 5781 journeys of love > and loss, peace and war, fear and joy, hopelessness and solace. > > > > Perhaps it’s because we’ve had such a stran” > > > >

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