by Ben Levenson
Development Associate at Interfaith Worker Justice
Since I was a kid, the idea behind Rosh Hashannah has always been one of the things that makes me most proud to be Jewish. It's a joyous holiday of honey and apples and a new year. Yet, this joy comes with an imperative for us to renew, to grow, and to change. I always appreciated this call to action for me personally and for the community as a whole.
This was embodied for me in the shofar. The long and short blasts mimicked the brokeness, the injustice, and the suffering in our world. And then along with these calls always came the unbroken tekiyah, an invitation to completeness and healing. The shofar, then, is a nudge to become the people and to build the world that we want.
It has been a difficult year for all of us. It's been a year of the short staccato blasts of suffering--from last November's election to Charlottesville to the most recent announcement about DACA. Yet, this Rosh Hashannah, we have the opportunity to renew.
I hope you'll join me in bringing in the new year with reflection, with hope, and then with action.
Shana Tovah U'metukah.
A good and sweet new year.