As a rabbi, it seems I am the obvious person to have conversations with individuals about faith. Sometimes the conversations are about seeking faith. Sometimes I hear of people who have lost faith. And sometimes, I learn of people who have found faith.
So now the struggle has just magnified for each of us. Not only are we searching for faith, but we are searching to have faith IN GOD. After a summer of war, hatred and loss, the Jewish people are undoubtedly searching. It is through faith that we can perhaps find comfort even in our darkest moments. When people come to me with questions of how to find faith, my answer is not so straightforward. I explain that faith comes when we open our hearts and minds to the possibility of a God who is with us at all times: times of celebration and times of difficulty.
During the month of Elul, it is incumbent about us to struggle with our faith. If we are truly to sit in judgment on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, if we are to sincerely ask forgiveness and do teshuvah, repentence, then we must be ready to be in dialogue with our God. When we sit in our sanctuary for these upcoming High Holy Days and recite Baruch Atah Adonai hundreds of times, let us think of the meaning of those three words: Blessed are You, our God.
Faith. Emunah. Belief.
God. My God. Our God.
Answers. Questions. Yearning.
And now let us hear the blast of the Shofar,
And let our souls be awakened!
Rabbi Debbie Bravo
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