The Last Shabbat of the Year

September 11, 2015

Every week, Jody Hirsh, the JCC's Judaic Education Director, provides a Judaic message that is featured at the top of the JCC's weekly email newsletter. Below is the Shabbat message for Friday, September 11, 2015.
 

The Last Shabbat of the Year

Rosh HaShanah, Jewish New Year, begins this Sunday evening, September 13 – making this Shabbat the last Shabbat of the year! Although there’s no particular ritual for the last Shabbat before Rosh HaShanah, it’s a good time to start thinking about the Past and the Future.

The Past: How was the year that is almost concluded? What were our successes? What were our failures? What are we proud of? What are we not proud of? Have we wronged anyone? Have we made amends for wrongs? What was the most exciting thing of the year? What excitement and happiness would we like to prolong?

The Future: How can we make next year even better? How can we get the new year started on the most positive of notes? How can we enrich our lives in the coming year? What projects would we like to tackle? How can we create a new year full of health and happiness and excitement and fulfillment?

Hmm. Maybe this is  a good Shabbat to have a great Shabbat dinner with lots of family talk about the questions that confront us as we approach the new year.

Shabbat Shalom, and Shanah Tovah!