Judaism doesn’t really focus on endings.  We talk much more about beginnings.  We celebrate Rosh Hashanah–the start of the new year–and even during the period of reflection leading up to that, we’re looking at our selves as we are now, not so much as how we have been.  We never really end the reading of Torah, because on Simchat Torah, we start over again as soon as we finish.  Even when we mourn a death, the funeral happens as soon as it can, and we use that moment to honor the person who died, but we then turn our focus immediately towards the mourners–before the funeral service has even finished.

Endings are more transitions between different beginnings.

And so, as we end Shabbat this evening with havdallah, we end Shabbat, and yet we begin a new week and we call upon Elijah the Prophet who will announce that this week is the one where we’ve come to a time when all time will be like Shabbat and there is no more work to be done to pursue justice because the world has been repaired.

And we celebrate Selichot–the beginning of the High Holy Days.  May this season to come be one of meaning for us all.  May this year be one of sweetness, health, and happiness for all.

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About rabbiisa

I'm a Reform Rabbi with a passion for education! I'm also a pop culture fan, political junkie, and NY Times crossword puzzle addict. I am INTP, a proud member of Red Sox Nation, and a fan of the Oxford Comma.

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