Moishe Moment — High Holidays Edition

Shabbat Shalom Moishe House! 
Shabbat Ha’azinu 
13 Tishrei 5777/ Oct 15, 2016

This weeks Moishe Moment comes from Jeremy Katz who lives in the Atlanta-Inman Park Moishe House. Jeremy is the Archives Director at the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta, Georgia where he is working to increase access to the Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History. (jrkatz@thebreman.org)

By Jeremy Katz

The period between Yom Kippur and Sukkot is a unique time in the Jewish calendar. We read the book of Kohelet on Sukkot and it writes, “Go eat your bread with joy and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already accepted your deeds.” What does this mean? In short, we’ve atoned for our sins and are starting the New Year with a fresh slate. I like to think of it as a time to enjoy some of our guilty pleasures whether it’s reality TV or eating dessert first. We seriously deserve it for all of the hard work we did last year to build meaningful Jewish communities in our homes.

This is also a time for reflecting on our growth over the past year and what we want to change or maintain in the coming year. Personally, this past year has been one of incredible growth and change. I moved into the Atlanta — Inman Park house, took on more responsibilities at work, and became exponentially more involved in the Jewish community through organizations like Birthright and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. I can truly say I am the happiest I have ever been in life, surrounded by so much community and love. I hope you are on a similar journey and let’s keep the good times rolling in 5777 y’all.

This time also reminds me that Judaism likes to take us on emotional roller coasters through the Holidays. Rosh Hashanah is a time of joyous celebration for the New Year, followed by the reflective and seriousness of Yom Kippur, and then back up again for the high of Sukkot. This ebb and flow is similar to life. Some days life is serious, while other days are fun and celebratory. As we go through this flux in holidays, remember that if a program doesn’t turn out as successful as we hoped or we’re in the middle of a difficult situation with a roommate or community member it is not the end of the world. There will be a successful program and a meaningful and impactful moment with a roommate or community member around the corner. Everything usually works out for the best in the end, and if it doesn’t, we can always repent for it next Yom Kippur.

From my house to yours, I hope you had an easy and meaningful fast and wish you a Healthy, Happy, Sweet New Year.

Shanah Tovah!

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