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What a year! Let’s face it – our RTFH community survived unbelievable challenges. We faced unknown territory in the form of the pandemic. Led by our Clergy and lay leadership, we were provided with strength and solace in unimaginable times.
What does it say about us that we are closer to each other and more grateful than ever for our Temple? It speaks volumes about our resilience, creativity, and devotion to Temple life and to each other.
Now, on the cusp of the New Year, as we anticipate the High Holidays, there is more of a sense of normalcy, familiarity. We are ready; poised to feel the awe of the holy days ahead. Yes, we will sing the songs, say the prayers, listen to the shofar and read the Torah. Our time-honored rituals are deeply meaningful but, because of recent circumstances, there is an expectation that complements these traditions. We need to come together with a heightened sense of conviction to fill the practical needs of the Temple.
During the Day of Atonement, we are taught to hold a sacred assembly, to deny ourselves, and to present an offering by fire to God. We ask for our repentance through prayer, acts of loving kindness and charitable gifts. We answer the call of this commandment each year by making a Kol Nidre gift to RTFH, as generous as possible, which fulfills this mitzvah.
We have shown how much we can accomplish together. We not only survived, but we thrived, creating a unique roadmap to explore a never before traveled landscape. It was a desert of sorts, without landmarks or signposts, but we found our way to hope and togetherness. Please reflect on the care and kindness you felt this past year with a meaningful donation to ensure our community’s strength in the upcoming year.
We hope you and your family are safe and healthy. May we continue going from strength to strength together. May we all receive the blessings of a healthy, happy New Year.
Kol Nidre Chair