Thinking about returning conjures images of going back - to what we have done, to what we once knew or to what we may have previously said.
There are times when this is worthwhile. Memories are powerful, with the ability to ground us in the relationships that make us whole.
And yet, all too often, we allow ourselves to fall back on what was, what we have always done. Maybe because it's comfortable, easier. “Because we have always done it that way,” can be a dangerous phrase when it is used as an explanation rather than investing the time to do more. We are all guilty of this. We must challenge ourselves to grow.
When we truly do the hard work of introspection we will be ready for more. Reflection can lead us from “it’s good enough,” to “we can do better.”
And we can. We can make the Jewish world a place where everyone is welcome. We can help more of our synagogues to become inclusive. We can build the relationships and shape the programs that reach those we have yet to reach. We can do this. We must do this.
Are you ready?
L’shana tova u’metukah – a good and sweet year to all!