So often when we think about courage in the Jewish context, we think about Israeli soldiers fighting so courageously to defend the State of Israel. We think of survivors (and those who did not survive) from the Holocaust, and the strength and courage it took to attempt to survive in so many different ways, for the sake of future generations. If we are somewhat knowledgeable in Jewish history, we may even think of the times of the Pogroms in Russia in the 19th and 20th centuries, the Spanish Inquisition of the 15th century and the Crusades of the 11th century.
Finding courage around us is not difficult. Finding courage within us is harder.
As we prepare for this upcoming New Year, may we find the courage to raise our voices, even when people may not be ready to hear them.
As we prepare for this upcoming New Year, may we find the courage to search our own souls and let our dreams drive us in making our decisions.
As we prepare for this upcoming New Year, may we find the courage to connect with our God, even when we question God’s existence with regularity.
Now let the sound of the shofar be heard;
And let our souls be awakened!
Rabbi Debbie Bravo
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