Keep on moving forward

The date: 28 Elul 5780/כ״ח אלול תש״פI have one more shofar blower to share with you — Dan Kirk-Davidoff’s video got lost in my in-box at the beginning of Elul, but he gave me a heads-up today, and here it is. He writes “Here’s my entry, designed to make others feel better about submitting their own!”   

And the important thing is to try, right?  Thank you Dan for trying, and for being willing to share that try.  

Kol ha-olam kulo gesher tsar m’od…

“All the world is a very narrow bridge,
And the essential thing is not to to be afraid … at all.”
— Rebbe Nachman of Breslov




I don’t know anyone, myself included, who isn’t at all afraid. But the important thing is to maintain our balance, not get distracted, keep on moving forward.  Not everything we try will work out the way we want it to.  But we have two choices:  Give up, or go on.

As we approach the new year, I invite you to take a deep breath, celebrate your survival, and go on.

And because merely asking that 5781 be a better year than 5780 sets the bar way too low, I offer this wish:  May the new year bring good things to you and all that you love. 

לשנשה טובה ומתוקה תכתבו ותחתמו  L’shanah tovah um’tukah tikateyvu v’teychateymu.   May you be written and sealed for a good and sweet new year.  Or as my classmate and colleague Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe says: