September 8, 2012 – Parshat Ki Tavo – “For what in our lives do we hold our heads high?”
With this Shabbat and our Saturday evening Slichot service, we stand at the crossroads of time. We begin to say goodbye to the year that is passing and hello to the one that is nearly here.
Gathering for Slichot, the short late night service preceding the week before Rosh Hashana, we enjoy a preview of our High Holy Day liturgy and music. And, we hold our heads up high in hope and in anticipation for a better New Year, even as we look within to reflect on how we can be active in our own renewal.
This week we read among a series of blessings and curses, “G-d will make you the head, not the tail; you will always be at the top and never at the bottom….” (if only you stay on the path) – Deut. 28:13
As our New Year approaches, we begin by asking ourselves, “how can we be at the ‘top of our game’ this year?”
Walking along the path at Ocean Beach today, three blocks from the synagogue, the Pacific ocean was glittering in the sun with the Marin Headlands in the distance. I anticipated gathering at the beach for our upcoming tashlich service, as together we will toss the “bread crumbs” which try to weigh us down in the game of life into the ocean. Strolling along, I wonder, “For what in our lives do we hold our heads high this year?”
Shabbat shalom and “only 2 to go,”
Rabbi Mark Melamut