My sacred task as rabbi is to ignite the God-given hidden spark within each person, and connect this light to others through building spiritual community. The tool of ignition, inspiration, and agitation is our Torah, 70 Faces and all, and my task is make Torah come alive (through diverse venues) in the present so it will live in the future. I seek to be a madrich/guide and leader who can help others traverse through the windy pathways of life.
There is a custom that all us drivers
know all too well: license renewal. I hadn't had to
go through the 'process' of actually going into the office since 9/11
and I realized that proving 'who I am' (i.e. my identity) became a
lot more complicated! As a result of my birthday being in
August, I also realized that license renewal almost always occurs
during the month of Elul, a time of deep introspection and
preparation for the Yamim Noraim (the Days of Awe/the High Holidays
of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur). With this kavanah in mind, I
wanted to give some observations and some guiding questions that you
may help you prepare for these 'tests'. Observation 1: It's not easy to prove who you are!
Take a look at all the documents you need to bring with you to
get a new license -CLICK
HERE TO BE TAKEN THE DMV'S SITE
Primary Identification, Proof of Social
Security Number, 2 Proofs of Residential Address
One can see a relic of the past in many synagogue libraries, and many homes: encyclopedias. These valuable books that hold all the knowledge that we would need about various subjects, A - Z (or Alef to Taf) can be found on anyone’s computer or smart phone through the internet. All the answers are out there, for free, and anyone can access them. The information revolution might be the most significant revolution in mankind's history; a true game changer. But with all this information at our fingertips, why does it feel like something is still missing? Why do we still seem to be without all the answers that we need?
There is a famous scene that I shared with you from the movie A Few Good Men staring Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise. The famous line, “I want answers!” resonates with us because answers are what we seek, especially during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. But you cannot get to answers without BIG questions.
One of the names for Rosh Hashanah is Yom Harat HaOlam, th…