The Personal is Communal
Events in the "calendar" of the lifecycle are private, yet connect us to the "unseen presences" of missing family members and our entire people throughout history.
As the Jewish people grows and evolves, we sense that there are all sorts of moments—getting a driver's license, aging, etc.—that need sacred reminders, that could use the ancient and new poetry of our experience to bring meaning to our lives. And there are other, sadder times in life which have always had rituals associated with them, e.g., divorce. Those rituals can be reconsidered, redrawn, re-imagined—and they, too, can have their healing power. May God bless all your moments of passage with holiness, with depth, and with joy.
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