This period of change and growth should not be only internal and personal. Rather, it should be also be a time of tikkun, of repair. Too often our mistakes separate us from family and community, building walls of hostility that are very difficult to break down. Indeed, we have hurt those we loves, and in turn have been hurt by them. This holiday season is a time to break down these walls, to effect tikkun for our families and community.
This tikkun requires our reaching out to repair the damage that we have done, and also to reach out in forgiveness for those who have hurt us. Rosh Hashanah provides a yearly opportunity, if we are willing to grasp it, to rebuild the relationships that are so important and central to our existance.
Our tradition teaches that all creation, when understood correctly, all creation reflects the absolute unity of the Divine. When we are seperated from our community and those we love this unity is fractured. The holiday season is a time to restore this unity and to see God in everyone and everything that we meet.
On behalf of Shelley and myself, I want to wish everyone Shanah Tovah U'mitukah -- a sweet and happy new year.
Rabbi David A. Kunin