I’m sure you have heard by now of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was strong and she was gentle. She fought for gender equality and gay rights. She devoted her life to the court as an institution. She had a profound sense of dignity throughout her life. Her loss, in addition to all the other losses we as a humankind have experienced this year, could no doubt have a negative effect on your ability to connect with our High Holiday liturgy this year.
After all, we have been in our homes for months, we wear masks in public, so you can’t see when someone is smiling at you. We have lost our ability to physically connect with friends and family for fear of getting sick.
We have lost the ability to touch others, to eat a meal with others. We have a connection deficit!
Please try not to despair. Focus on the words of our sages who implore us to look toward the Divine in times of turbulence, and not to turn away. There are no words of comfort that I can send to you that might make your heart and soul feel settled; that’s what our liturgy is there for. In these times of true trouble, let the words speak to you this year. I wish you all the sweetest possible new year. May we find peace, remain in good health and truly connect with each other.
“I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had
to do her work to the very best of her ability.”
-Ruth Bader Ginsburg