As we draw closer to the High Holy Days, the shofar is traditionally sounded each morning. Its message: Awaken and renew your vision of your life as it is and what it might yet be. More than anything, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are for recognizing that yet another year has passed and that there is more living and more growing that we need to do.
It was some 2,000 years ago that “Rabbi Tarfon taught: The day is short, and the task is great, and the workers are sluggish, and the wages are high, and the Master of the house is pressing.” For me, those ancient words speak of the urgency of getting our priorities straight and realizing that life is too short to be too little.
Yes, Rabbi Tarfon recognized, as we all do, that unexpected things happen in life, and that living well means cherishing our days and making certain that we live our days as fully as we can. Yes, “the day is short and the task is great.”
Henry Thoreau put it a different way: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” That is surely a timeless message for this time of year.
I wish you Shabbat Shalom and hope to see you this evening as we celebrate our heritage together.
Rabbi David Greenberg