looking ahead to Yom Kippur
It was wonderful to welcome the New Year with you and to give voice to our shared hopes for opportunities and blessing in the New Year. The time between Rosh ha-Shanah and Yom Kippur is one for solemn reflection, and even as I write my words are prompted by the white string bracelet I've been wearing around my left wrist for the past week. The people who attended our Selichot services last Saturday night tied these simple bracelets around each other's wrists at the time we changed the Torah mantels to white - an affirmation of the potentially transformative nature of the season and of our intention to strive for change in ourselves and to support one another in our journeys.
White is a powerful symbolic color in Judaism.