4th Elul Letter, 2015
In just a week we will come together at the dark of the moon, to welcome the New Light, the New Year and a new possibility for releasing the burdens of the past while harvesting the wisdom we have earned. Yes, it’s both a sad and happy truth that we seem to learn by making mistakes. When my husband Rachmiel and I came together he made a vow to me. “I promise to only make new mistakes.” This seems both realistic and ambitious. It means taking responsibility for the ways that we fail each other and the world, yet refusing to be discouraged by those failures.
We come together to do this spiritual work of renewing our commitments, remembering what is essential, envisioning a brighter, saner life, and healing the residue of the past.
This challenge that we face during the High Holy Days might seem overwhelmingly difficult, except for the fact that we do this work in the context of a direct encounter with God, whose essence is joy, love and a bliss beyond any imagining, and except for the fact that the context for this work is the celebration of Life in all its sweetness.
At Metivta, we will taste the apple from the Original Tree, and even though the sweetness of Eden is right there in its flesh, we will dip that apple in honey, and embrace each other with sticky fingers.
Come as you are, with all your failures, all your mistakes. Please show up on time with an open heart and a spirit of adventure. However strong the container we create together, that’s how deep we can dive into the possibilities of transformation.
In Loving and grateful anticipation of our time together,