High Holidays is a time to face one’s human frailties and weaknesses. We at the Parents Circle face our own anger and our human tendency to surrender to the desire for revenge. Every day we face that weakness and transform it into the will for non-violent conflict resolution.
Yom Kippur is a time to face mortality. We who have lost our closest family members ask not if we live or die (as the Yom Kippur liturgy asserts) but rather how can we live in order to transform the death of our family members into a life affirming legacy.
Rosh Hashanah is a time of rebirth. The ones we have lost cannot be reborn but our task is to ensure life for those who struggle today and share a vision of hope for those who will be born tomorrow. Life as a whole is larger than our personal tragedy. We can look forward to new births if all living things unite to overcome hatred, fear and bloodshed.
It is said that during the High Holy Days, God doesn't forgive man for his sins towards his fellow man, until he has asked his fellow man for forgiveness. It is not God's responsibility to fix what man does to his neighbour - only man can do that.
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All our best wishes for a Peaceful and Compassionate "Chag.”
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