Monday, September 21, 2009

A Rosh HaShanah Wish

We've finished up Rosh HaShanah and are now in the 10 days of repentance. It seems appropriate then, to reflect back on the last couple of days that have started off this new Jewish year.

Over the two days of Rosh HaShanah I played the role of Gabbia (along with a couple others), which meant I was responsible for distributing various honors, and making sure people were standing in the right place at the right time to actually have these honors. Essentially, I'm played the role of Jewish traffic cop.

On a typical Saturday, we hand out about 10 honors - during Rosh HaShanah this gorws to 40 or 50. The pessimist might suggest that this provides for plenty of opportunities to mess up - give the wrong person the wrong honor; forget to get the right person in the right spot; etc. And in some ways, he's right.

This year, as in years past, there were the usual little glitches, but really, the process went very well. Everyone left services happy.

Thinking through this it occurs to me: it wasn't the absence of problems that made for a pleasant day, but how they were handled. In other words - folks cut me some slack, I cut them some slack, and the result was most excellent.

And so that's my wish for you in the new year: may this be the year that you give a little extra slack to your friends, family (and even me!) and may you get that same slack in return. Lord knows, we all need it at times.

L'Shanah Tovah Umetukah! And here's to a meaningful 10 days.

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