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Rosh Hashanah, New Year

Dear Ones,

The seasons change, fall begins, and with it, a new year.

A happy, healthy, challenging and rewarding new year!

Rosh Hashanah is a time for reflection, reform, renewal and hope.

The holiday is celebrated this year, from Wednesday- Friday, September 24th- 26th.

Rosh means, in Hebrew, “beginning,”  the root of the Hebrew word for Genesis (בראשית), which is the first word in the Bible. Just like The Creation, so should the New Year and our own actions be a thoughtful – not a hasty – process. Rosh Hashanah underlines human fallibility, humility, soul-searching, responsibility (as a precondition to the realization of opportunity), renewal/rebirth, memory (lessons of history) and the need for systematic education.

I leave you with a prayer for new beginnings:

Step into the dawn.light and trees

Cut the cord.
Pull the plug.
Break the chains
that tie and bind.

Walk free
like Nelson Mandela released from prison
into the possibility
of a new path
where enemies are surprised by grace.

Life, in its misery and delight,
has led you here.
All is learning.
Let go the past.
Awaken to signs and wonders.
Become aware of wise guides and rock cairns
pointing and reassuring the way.

Find your Anam Cara, your Caol Ait*:
the people and places who feed your soul.
Hold them close.

Recognize the hope of resurrection in each new day.
Begin again
and go forth into life yet unlived.
Make peace,
be pure of spirit,
walk humbly,
love mercy and kindness,
and do the good you know to do.

See with new eyes
the path that has always been,
that leads to where we belong –
that leads us home.

* Anam Cara is a Celtic word meaning “soul friend.” Caol Ait is a Celtic word meaning “thin place” where the distance between the Divine and the human is so thin it facilitates a spiritual encounter.

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