Of course, it is also strange coming alone to Japan, leaving Shelley and our family of pets in New York for the summer. But I know that Shelley is excited about joining me here in Tokyo, and looks forward to becoming part of the community.
I want to thank everyone here for making me feel welcome. Your hospitality and kind invitations have helped to make this transition much easier. I look forward to meeting all you who have been away, having the wisdom to escape the heat, and to celebrating the High Holidays with you in the coming month.
I would also like to thank the leadership of the synagogue not only for giving Shelley and me this unique opportunity, but also for your help and advice as I settle into the community.
As we approach the holiday season both Shelley and I want to wish every one Shanah Tovah, u-mitukah -- a very good and sweet new year.
For those who are interested, in addition to Blog, which will focus on our community, I also have an additional blog entitled, "Lost in Translation, A North American Rabbi in Tokyo." This is the url to the most recent post -