Happy New Year!
Rosh Hashanah is a day of sweetness and celebration and also the start of the Yomim Noraim, the Days of Awe. In the ten days between now and Yom Kippur, where we are called to reflect on and repent for our mistakes.
The practice of repentance, or teshuva, demands that we ask for forgiveness from those that we have harmed, and most importantly, change ourselves to ensure that we never make the same mistakes. At JCA, we practice teshuva in public. That means wrestling with and radically changing systems of incarceration, policing, and housing that cause so much harm, especially this year.
But the sweetest part about Rosh Hashanah is the reminder that we have the power to radically change. That there is always time to begin again, always time to repair the world.
Thank you for being part of this powerful community of justice seekers. We look forward to beginning again in 5781, together.
Shana tova and Shabbat Shalom,