Parshat Nitzavim • Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20

During our Tuesday night high school program, Livnot Chai, our 9th and 10th graders walked through the difficult language of our Yom Kippur confessions. “For the sin I have sinned against you by…” We explored together what each of these couplets means, and sought understanding by finding real-to-life examples from their experiences. At the end of our time together, one student remarked “wow, I didn’t realize how much I had to change.”
 
We all have much to change as we approach this new year. Where have we wronged others? Where have we come short of being our highest selves? What successes have we had that we need to continue? Tomorrow evening, we will join in a creative project as part of our Shabbat service to articulate our list of ways in which we have missed the mark in preparation for the Days of Awe. Rabbi Weiner and I will be leading this creative Shabbat Omanut and I hope to see you!
 
Rabbi Aaron C. Meyer