DISCOMFORT INTO CURIOSITY
Ben Crowne and Sarah Schenirer
So…how was your Rosh Hashana?
The High Holidays are challenging and demanding of us even in a “normal” year. Next week we will stand before Hashem on the Day of Judgement. That is no small thing!
If we recognise that challenge, can we turn our discomfort into curiosity?
Today, Ben Crowne explores the mass gathering of people, as described in this Shabbat’s Torah portion, Vayelech. He asks if this year we can begin to rediscover the invisible processes that link us all together.
Perhaps we can ignite our curiosity by first connecting with those around us, before we attempt to connect with the almighty. In our second piece Sarah Schenirer* writes that the main preparation for these Holy days is to ensure that unity and friendship reign among the Jewish people. “If you hear the shofar in a state of love and friendship, you will merit standing in the presence of the Lord”.
*One hundred years ago, Sarah Schenirer was at the vanguard of establishing schools for girls in Poland who had been denied a religious education. The movement of Bais Yakov schools was born, and continues to thrive around the world today.
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