The Agudas Achim and Ezrath Jewish congregations combined in 2003 to form Congregation Agudas Achim - Ezrath Israel. Temple Agudas Achim-Ezrath Israel also offers programs for men and women and holds Shabbat geared towards children and families.
In preparing for the Holidays, I found this interesting description of an optimist:
Optimists are seldom surprised by trouble.
I invite you to do a personal inventory and see if you qualify as an optimist!
Whether you meet some or all of the criteria, the High Holidays are the perfect training to increase your optimism skills. It is amazing to me that this list of characteristics of optimists sounds like a description of many of the major themes of the High Holidays. To begin with, #4 is the key element: to break the routine of our ordinary lives to help us find new perspectives, to jar us out of the complacency of old patterns – some of which should be changed or discarded, other which need to be approached with a more attentive consciousness in order to experience a deeper aspect of life.
Some of the other themes resonate throughout the liturgy of the Days of Awe – others are intrinsic to our communal life: The idea that we have control over many aspects of our lives, that we should build love into our lives and that we must learn to accept that which cannot be changed...
Our prayers break up our negative patterns of thought with accounts of the wondrous redemptions of our past, and the charge to transform the world with our actions and our love of our fellow human beings. As we come together, we share our news, and when we greet each other this Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, friends old and new, family, and neighbors, newcomers and strangers, we reinforce the idea that we need to focus on the good things in our lives, the people who make life sweet and bring us joy, even though we know that sadness and loss are part of our lot.
Let us resolve in this New Year to sharpen our skills as optimists, and encourage others to do the same. Let us lift one another's spirits with our beautiful prayers and songs, festive meals and observances. And may we resolve to keep this optimistic spirit with us throughout the year!
L'Shana Tova Tikateyvu Ve-Taychateymu...
May you already be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for a Year of Blessing, Health, Good Cheer, Love, Good News, Appreciation, and Renewal!
Rabbi David Kudan
Holiday services will be conducted by Rabbi David Kudan, accompanied by Sexton Wayne Freedman and Cantorial Soloist Phyllis Werlin, as well as lay leaders of the Congregation. Click Services for further information on our regular services and our special holiday services. Cancellations will be announced on channels 4, 5 and 7.
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