Kol Nidre Welcome 5778 (Sept. 29, 2017) - TBY
Between Kadesheinu & R’tzei
Jennie Jerome Churchill, the mother of Sir Winston Churchill, said, “Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light.” In the embrace of Yom Kippur, as we examine ourselves, our deeds our own souls, it is also a time to ensure those around us are loved as they deserve. It is a time to ensure every other human being and the souls in our communities are embraced for all they good they are in our world. Let us find the light within ourselves, so that when we look upon others, their best deeds, their best attributes shine bright enough to light our way together into 5778.
Yom Kippur Morning 5778 (Sept. 30, 2017) - NTHC
On this day of Yom Kippur, as we ponder the State of our Souls, let us consider also the way we engage with others, the way we care for and love our fellow human beings. Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav taught, “It is easy to criticize others and make them feel unwanted. Anyone can do it. What takes effort and skill is picking them up and making them feel good.” Let us find ways to pick others up. Let us find ways to make others feel good. Not so they will do the same for us when in need, although that would be nice, but because it requires of us the deepest kind of love. It demands of us the highest of our character. And then, when we embrace the highest of our own character, what ripples outward like a stone thrown into a pond, will be far greater than we could have ever imagine. For, after all, that is the power of this day.