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A High Holiday Message

High Holiday Message 2019


The Talmud tells us that God created repentance (teshuvah) before creating the physical world. As Billy Joel once sang, “we’re only human, we’re supposed to make mistakes.” It’s how we respond to mistakes, how we grow, that matters.

This video explores the twin themes of teshuvah and gratitude (hakarat hatov.) Our tradition offers us practices that cultivate self-reflection and humility, relationship and repair. We hope these words offer some comfort and guidance as you undergo your own process of teshuvah and, in meaningful relationships with others, make Godliness present in the world.

Shanah tovah. Have a sweet, happy and meaningful New Year.

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., president of Reconstructing Judaism

The Reconstructionist Network