We enter the gates of Sukkot tonight. The week long harvest holiday of thanksgiving. With the full moon rising into the cool evening air, we gather in the fragile and beautiful temporary huts (sukkah in Hebrew) to be together. With gratitude for what we have and share, this year we also enter Sukkot with a heaviness in our hearts. The horrific violence in Las Vegas has shaken us to our core. We keep in our hearts and prayers all those who have been hurt directly and indirectly by the shooting.
In tragic times like these we feel our vulnerability. Can you pause for a moment to feel your sadness and shock and notice how along with that arises a movement in the heart with the desire to heal and mend? Can you allow yourself to feel the co-arising of all these movements and feelings for a moment? How will we use those feelings as motivators to act and do more to mend and heal our hearts and our society? My hope and prayer is that it motivates us to collectively do more to keep the peace and share the love in any way we can.
Please join us for meditation and study virtually in webinars and small online groups, and in person in Pennsylvania and at Kripalu Center. A Mendful Path Meditation and learning group series is starting October 25th in Elkins Park.
You are invited to Kesher Shalom interactive gatherings.
The next gathering is October 13th at 7:30pm. Come after dinner to Unscroll Torah in honor of Simchat Torah, and for nosh and conversation about what the Torah text means to you and in history. For more fall season learning in PA.
May sukkat shalom, shelter of peace and healing spread over us and our world.
Together we build a sukkah of loving kindness and peace. Niveneh Sukkat hesed veshalom.
I wish you a joyful and safe holiday.
Blessings and Love, Rabbi Sigal