What We Crave: An Opening Blessing for Rosh Hashanah 5781

father wearing kippah blowing shofar while smiling at young daughter also blowing toy shofar

This Rosh Hashanah each of us begins a new year with a different need than ever before. We ache with sorrow and grief, for this past year has been for many one of the most difficult. We have become ill, we have lost loved ones, we have missed important life events. 

On this Rosh Hashanah we crave connection.

On this Rosh Hashanah we crave connection to one another after months of physical distancing and isolation. We long to hug our parents, our chosen family, our children and grandchildren, our friends. On this Rosh Hashanah we pray for all those we miss.

On this Rosh Hashanah we crave connection to our heritage. Although in separate homes, we come together today to celebrate and affirm our Jewishness. On this Rosh Hashanah we pray in the words of our ancestors and remember that we are B’nai Yisrael, the People of Israel. 

On this Rosh Hashanah we crave connection with Divinity. Whether the name we use is Hashem or the Universewhatever we use to remind us that we are not alone and that the world is so much more than just our everyday lives. On this Rosh Hashanah we pray to feel a connection with Divinity. 

On this Rosh Hashanah 5781, may we find the connections we seek. And let us say: Amen.

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