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All Beginnings Are Difficult©

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All Beginnings are Difficult© Shabbat Bereshit 5780/2019  Show Up For Shabbat - First Anniversary after the tragedy at Tree of Life  CREDIT: JARED WICKERHAM/EPA-EFE/REX/SHUT

There is a famous adage in our tradition - Kol HatChalot Kashot - all beginnings are difficult.

It was that first step that I spoke about in my Rosh Hashanah sermon this year - the first steps back into synagogues that Shabbat after the tragedy at Tree Of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last year on October 27th.

On Rosh Hashanah, I talked about the fear I had - that our regular shul goers would take a break, that they would not take those first steps back into their synagogue, their holy space, because they were afraid, and honestly, it’s a natural feeling to have.

This week, I was moved by the words of Beth Kissileff who wrote a moving article about the year anniversary at Tree of Life.

For her, the beginning that was difficult was the first Rosh Hashanah at New Light, along with Dor Hadash, was one of the three sy…