At Cool Shul’s Evening service for Rosh Hashanah, we imagined ourselves standing in front of a closed door. We imagined that on the other side of that door was something or someone that would change our lives forever. For the children, maybe they imagined a newly painted bedroom, or a new friend. Maybe they saw a new baby brother or saw themselves getting ready to walk into their first day of school. For the adults, perhaps they pictured the door to a new career or a new home or a long lost friend.
During these Holy Days, we have a door right in front of us, and we have to choose whether or not to walk through. If we enter, we are going to have to take a good, hard look at ourselves. We are going to ask ourselves to move forward with at least one little baby step toward our best selves. We are going to search for the parts of our lives we may have lost along our ways.
But we have to walk through the door for anything to change, and it’s a little frightening to do so. It is way easier to turn and run and leave it closed just as it is.
The poet, Adrienne Rich said, “Either you will go through this door or you will not go through. If you go through, there is always the risk of remembering your name… The door itself makes no promises. It is only a door.”
During Rosh Hashanah, my new community and I cracked that door open, peeked inside, and began brainstorming what first actions we could all take. We shared the many ways we know we can improve ourselves, our relationships, and the world. We made a commitment to at least start that process by Yom Kippur, and when we gather again next week we are going to share what we have accomplished so far.
If you weren’t with us for Rosh Hashanah (even if you aren’t Jewish!), I invite you also to close your eyes for a moment and imagine a door before you. The door is closed tight, and you have to make the decision to reach out and turn that knob for it to open. You can turn away and choose to keep the door closed, or you can face this fearful moment, hear the click of the latch, and face your true self. And if you so choose, share with me what you discover.
I hope those of you without spiritual homes will join us for Yom Kippur as we continue along this spiritually renewing path. Holding a mirror up to oneself is terrifying alone, but it’s easier together. Our services are short and sweet, in beautiful Temescal Canyon, family friendly, and we even have childcare. Tickets are purchased by donation, and there is a place on the site to purchase tickets at our suggested donation price and also a place to name your own price at the bottom.
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Have a sweet and happy new year,