I wrote this article during the month of Cheshvan. It is one of the few months without a Jewish holiday. Coming on the heels of the High Holidays and Sukkot, some of you may have breathed a sigh of relief. But for me, as a congregational rabbi, I felt sad. There was such a wonderful divine excitement swirling around the community for a full month that came to a crashing halt.
By divine providence, I wrote this article after my 17th wedding anniversary. Compared to my grandparents, who recently celebrated their 69th anniversary, or my parents, who just marked their 40th, 17 may not be a great accomplishment, but nonetheless it is certainly reason to reflect. [Read more…]