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From the Rabbi’s Study
Posted on November 02, 2013
“Do not eat the apple, study it.
Seeds stir inside its womb, inside its heart
Ready to give birth if allowed.
We devour it before its time
With sweet, glistening honey
Swirling over a matrix split,
Open, pulsing with force.
The honey, the seed together
Create new worlds that blossom
After songs and psalms fade away.
We will nurture the seed another season.
Another year will pass.
Time to study the apple,
Split for seeds to emerge
There is nothing that evokes images of Rosh Hashanah more than apples and honey. When I close my eyes and imagine dipping crisp apples into sweet honey, the sights and smells and tastes of the New Year overcome me.
This year, as we prepare to begin the New Year, we are welcoming a new member of the clergy on the bima. It will be my honor to stand together with Cantor Cattan, just as I was blessed to stand with Cantor Berman for the past six years. I know that you will immediately sense his spirit-filled neshamah (soul), genuine love for Jewish prayer and music, and profound humility for his role as cantor.
May 5775 bring a year of good health, joy, and sweetness to you and your loved ones.
Shanah Tovah u’Metukah,
Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn