We are in the home stretch—or should I say the sukkah stretch of our holy day season. Sunday is Hoshanah Rabah, Monday is Shemini Atzeret with Yizkor, Monday evening and Tuesday we celebrate Simchat Torah. It is nice that our government is giving many people the day off for Shemini Atzeret this year. There is a special Torah Reading and Haftarah for Chol HaMoed Sukkot. The Haftarah includes the famous prophetic vision of Ezekiel describing the battle at the end of days and auguring the messianic age. Sad, but perhaps historically true that evil can only be defeated using evil’s own weapons. Something to think about in our sukkot and our synagogues this weekend…how can each of us individual Jews relate to this prophetic vision? How can each of us do battle with the forces of evil in this world? How can each of us make the world a better place? How can we facilitate making the prophetic vision of a messianic world come into being? Where you begin may be less important than that you begin.
This Shabbat we learn Torah with Rabbi Rachel Shere. 10:00 a.m. in the Youth Lounge.
I hope this has been and will continue to be a lovely holiday season for you and your family.
Shabbat shalom and chag sameyach,