Written by Debbie Bornstein, Lower and Middle School Judaic Studies Instructional Team Leader
"More than Yom Kippur expresses our faith in G-d, it is the expression of G-d's faith in us"
-Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Rabbi Sacks is expressing to us something fundamental about how to view our relationship with G-d at this time of the year, but we can take that thought and explore how it can apply to each and every one of us every day. G-d's faith in us is not limited to how we interact with Him. He expects us and has faith in us to do the right thing between each other.
Across our school, we are working with our students to understand what that means to them. It means that not only do we have a meaningful and spirited Tefillah each morning, but we work with the same enthusiasm on developing lasting bonds in the class. We are encouraging students to reflect on their relationships -- examining if there are repairs that need to be made. G-d cannot forgive us if we hurt someone else, but we have to ask forgiveness from that person directly.
Often the most difficult of relationships to repair are those with whom we are the closest. As parents and children, we often do not even realize that stress placed on our bonds, and we must take time, particularly at this time of the year to examine where we can improve and build on our love, our dedication, and our communication. We all have the responsibility to mirror G-d's faith in us with faith in each other and our entire community.
May each of us be inscribed for life and health in 5778.
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