Rabbi Brian’s Blog Jan. 2, 2021 18 Tevet 5781


New Year’s Resolutions?

Greetings, friends, and Happy New Year!

There has been much talk about how 2021 just HAS to be an improvement over 2020.

In many ways, that’s true.

On one hand, there are plenty of toilet paper and paper towels available.

On the other hand, all this time at home has motivated us to do more bathroom and kitchen remodelling.

On one hand, we have spent a lot of time on our own.

On the other hand, I have discovered many of the hiking and biking trails in our region.

On one hand, the vaccines are making their way to every corner of our country.

On the other hand, that’s not an excuse to stop wearing masks, washing our hands and staying away from other people.

On one hand, the economic stimulus payments are on the way to people.

On the other hand, the $600 will not go far for those of our friends who have lost their jobs, can’t buy all the groceries they need, and are facing eviction.

On one hand, Zoom has given us a method for staying together as a Jewish community of worshippers and learners.

On the other hand, our members tell me they miss hugging each other, schmoozing and sharing a nosh.

On one hand, we have been able to continue Friday and Saturday services each week, as well as Sunday School, Tot Shabbat and other events.

On the other hand, some of our members may not be able to join us if we resume in-person services later this year.

On one hand, I haven’t been able to see my new grandchild in Israel, or hug any of my children or grandchildren there or in Chicago.

On the other hand, the lovely Renana Friedman accepted my proposal of marriage on Grandad’s Bluff.

Fortunately for us Jews, our year of 5781 is only 3 months old.

We have plenty of time to check in, to see how we are doing, emotionally, spiritually, Jewishly.

Try not to make too many New Year’s resolutions.

25% of resolutions are forgotten after just two weeks.

If you do make resolutions, be sure to include how much you will love your family, how much you will stay in touch with your friends, and how well you will take care of your health.

Resolve to spend time learning about Judaism, meditation, prayer and finding your spiritual center.

I wish all of our members and friends a very happy, secure and healthy new year.

Rabbi Brian