And here we are, back again at the beginning of the Jewish New Year. We have traveled across the year together, through the dawn of last year, through forgiveness and acceptance, though eating outside in the sukkah and and the miracle of Chanukah. Through the fasts of Shevat, Adar, Tammuz and Av, through the Passover seder and the giving of the Ten Commandments.
Some of us have grown closer, some of us have drifted apart. Some of us have stepped back, some have stepped closer. Some have been warmed and heartened by our relationship, and some have been hurt and disheartened by our relationship.
To those who have drifted apart from me, I am sorry I didn’t work harder to keep you close. To those who stepped back, I am sorry that I caused you to do so. Please, reach out to me and let’s work it out. To those who have been hurt by me, please forgive me. I do not know what I did, so I cannot ask for specific forgiveness.
I would hope that even we do not become close again, that we become friendly and comfortable with one another. The key to bringing peace is unity. Unity is respect, unity is care and consideration. That is what will bring Moshiach.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and meaningful fast. i would like to also ask forgiveness for anything i did or did not do, said or did not say, unintended and ch”v intended (i’m human and i do have a temper. I admit it, though I am working on keeping it under control.) May the new year be blessed for peace, safety, security.
Gmar Chasima Tova