It seems that this has been a tough year for much of humanity. Natural disasters, ongoing wars, political divisiveness, the threat of North Korea, not to mention the hunger and poverty that plague our world.It seems that this has been a tough year for much of humanity. Natural disasters, ongoing wars, political divisiveness, the threat of North Korea, not to mention the hunger and poverty that plague our world.
We Jews, our goal has never been to make the world Jewish; only to try to make the world more humane. And that is what we yearn for as we approach a new year.
Long ago our sages taught that “in a place where nobody behaves as befits a human being, you must strive to be human!” At a time when we are rightfully concerned about the plague of anti-Semitism even in places where Jews do not live, still we remain committed to our vision of a more just and humane world.
Let us be proud of our heritage, and let us reaffirm the vision of our early Reformers: that Judaism might yet influence our society and world for that which is good and right. So especially at a time like this, may our Judaism extend beyond the walls of our synagogue such that we add to the hope and promise of the world beyond ourselves.
I wish you and the people you love a new year of health, love and fulfillment. Yes, the world needs us and the values and ideals for which we stand. Together as a congregation, may we continue to reach for a more blessed year for humanity.