This week we will welcome the month of MarCheshvan. It is called "Mar"(bitter)
because there are no holidays throughout the entire month to celebrate or
commemorate, which can be a bitter feeling.
Surrounded by family, friends and community we welcomed the Jewish year and celebrated Rosh Hashanah with the Shofar blast that reminded us to change our ways for the better during this upcoming year.
During the 10 days leading to Yom Kippur, we prayed and asked for forgiveness and on Yom Kippur we did Teshuvah (repented).
Four days later we celebrated the holiday of Sukkot with many ushpizin and
ushpizut (guests) and recognized the delicateness of the human life and body.
We then danced our way to Simchat Torah with songs and high spirits. Simchat Torah was the end and beginning of the reading cycle of the Torah.
The arrival of MarCheshvan is a good chance for us to revisit and practice what we committed ourselves to change during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Above all it is important to always be kind to each other, to one's self and to the environment.