Many of you have asked how I could find so many different things to share. I would challenge each of you, in this New Year, to find a way to use your own voice, as I have rediscovered mine. If you are interested in blogging, let me know. We are happy to have guest bloggers at any time, and our audience would appreciate hearing from different voices on differing topics.
I would also love to hear from you reflections or thoughts on individual posts or topics from the month of Elul. In my mind, blogging is meant not simply to be a one-way conversation, but an opportunity to begin a dialogue. As we begin the journey of 5776 together, let it be a year filled with heart-to-heart connecting and sharing.
Many of you know that for me, this year will be one of reflection, creation and dreaming. As we determine together the possibility of what Jewish community might look like, I hope to do so while living every day to its fullest, surrounded by great family and wonderful friends, colleagues and community members. I look forward to sharing with you in this New Year.
As impersonal and indirect as it may be, I wish to say to all friends, family, colleagues, co-workers and readers, that for anything I may have done to hurt you in this past year, either directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, I am truly sorry. I am certain I will still make mistakes as we enter into this New Year, for I am only human, but I will strive not to make the same mistakes I made in this past year.
Finally, I wish to give a special thanks to my husband David and our children, who have been incredibly patient (most of the time) during this month of Elul, as I have blogged each day, in addition to the sermons, services and other work I needed to accomplish during this time. Despite the chaos of starting school, organizing for the holidays, and much more, the responses and feelings of my family, as well as others, have influenced the words that poured out of me throughout this month. So I simply say... thank you.
L’shanah Tovah. May you have a sweet, happy and healthy New Year!
So for one final time this year,
let the sound of the shofar be heard;
And let our souls be awakened!
Shalom and Shanah Tovah,
Rabbi Debbie Bravo