With a new year, there come renewed hopes and visions. I like the statement by Jonas Salk who discovered the cure for Polio: “Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.”
These are some of my hopes as we begin a new year:
I hope for health and fulfillment for our loved ones and ourselves.
I hope for a more peaceful world in which the light of goodness prevails against the darkness of evil.
I hope for strength and courage to confront our personal challenges and disappointments.
I hope for those who endure oppression throughout the world.
I hope for those who are homeless, impoverished, and without vision for their future.
I hope for the babies who will be born in this year: that they will grow up in a world wherein they have the opportunity to realize their potential as children of God.
To all of you, and the people you love, I wish you a healthy, good and fulfilling new year. As we declare upon concluding each book of the Torah: “May we grow from strength to strength, and may we give strength to one another.
Rabbi David Greenberg