At our synagogue they publish a little booklet of poems every year at the High Holidays. This one was in the book. I don’t know Lauren Fellows, but I sure love their poem! This year in the Jewish calendar is the year 5779, so this poem is about Rosh Hashanah 6779— 1000 years from now. It is so thrilling to wonder what life will be like in 1000 years! The Shema is a special prayer that we say: “Hear O Israel, the Lord our G-d is one Lord.”
We face Jerusalem (face East from here in the US) when we say it. It is very beautiful, and even if you don’t know any Hebrew most Jews know this in Hebrew (including me, haha). I love the hope and faith that is represented when imagining Jews still saying this prayer 1000 years from now, looking up to the heavens.
Since becoming active in my fitness group, #inspiredimpacttribe, as well as beginning to connect with people here on instagram, whether it be through the #teetotaler community, through #mentalhealthawareness, or just through friends and friends of friends, I have begun to tune in to how important structured community is. As a part of the chain reaction that small changes adding up have made in my life, I have begun to commit to taking myself and my children to synagogue on at least a biweekly basis. This adds yet another layer of IRL community to our routine. It is just so, so important. The reality that we are not alone, that I am not alone. I need as many reminders of this as I can get.
If you don’t have a community in your life, I really encourage you to push yourself to find one. It takes effort, a lot of consistency, some sacrifice, and it is NOT always comfortable. Personally, I have had a lot of fear connected with taking steps to be vulnerable and join a community (both my online community and in person). But it is beautiful when you make the investment.
#yomkippur #roshhashana #highholidays5779 #jewishfamily #congregationbethshalom #community #spacetravel #teetotaler #mentalhealthawareness #depressionawareness #anxietyawareness #ppd #inspiredimpacttribe