I would first like to share something I wrote this week after officiating at a funeral and I think is a crucial message at this time.
“I was reminded again today during a very emotional funeral that what matters at the end of the day is the love we’ve shared and the love we’ve received.
We don’t know when our time is coming, we cannot control most things that are occurring around us, but we can certainly share our hearts and kindness with others.
We are told that the soul lives on and I believe that love and kindness is part of our soul. Love that you share and receive will endure.
Share it today and every day.”
Secondly I know that everyone is wondering what The High Holy Day will look like this year. From both a Halachic and emotional perspective, there is understandable uncertainty and concern about how we will approach these days under current circumstances. I wish I had a magic ball to know how things will look. I do, however, want to to assure you two things:
1) We will do our best to accommodate our community based on the government rules at the time. I am working together with my colleagues at the Rabbinical Council of Victoria and government representatives to keep up to date and advise the community when things become clearer.
2) The Rebbetzin, Chazzan Greg and I, together with the board are committed to bringing a meaningful Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur experience to you and your family however that may unfold. This will include continued speakers and events plus information to assist you in making the experience meaningful.
As always, if you have any questions or wish to be in touch please do not hesitate to contact me.
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom and an enjoyable weekend!