Shana Tova: New year’s greetings

apples_honeyThe spiritual challenges of the High Holy Day season can be a daunting task. Their celebration and commemoration invoke a mixture of anticipation and anxiety, self-evaluation and enjoyment. These days are devoted to the most fundamental questions about what it means to be human, about the meaning of life, and about the tension between intentions and actions.

The yamim nora’im (Days of Awe) open many possibilities for renewal. Each year we hope to recognize the blessings and challenges met in the year gone by. We pray for the strength, courage and wisdom to enter the New Year and face the unknown. On Rosh HaShanah (New Year), we are more sensitive to the random nature of the universe, which sometimes brings tragedy and sorrow. Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) provides the opportunity to begin anew, to strengthen relationships and to repair those that were broken.

As the New Year begins, may we open ourselves to the potential to growth and development. May the coming year bring goodness, blessings of well-being, prosperity, joy and happiness for you and your dear ones.

Rabbi Dr. Geoffrey Haber, Director
Department of Spiritual Care
Baycrest Health Sciences