dreaming the world anew

In a few hours, erev rosh hashana begins, ushering in the Jewish new year.

L'shanah tovah, we exclaim, a wish that we each might have a good year, a sweet year, a year of peace.

And even as we say the words, we know that for those who grieve, for those who are disenfranchised, for those who are - for whatever reason - feeling less than hopeful, a good year is a big dream.

Because we allow ourselves to dream big on rosh hashana - to dream of a world without hate, without fear, without injustice.

We dream big, and I hope that in doing so, we gather up the courage to continue doing the work to CREATE the world we wish to live in.

We take this day to dream.

And we take the days between rosh hashana and yom kippur, "the days of awe" to count and weigh our lives. To figure out where we need to turn, tshuvah, make a change. We do so in community because we are all of us in this together.

And so, my beloved friends and family, tonight I wish you a L'shanah tovah. Whether you're Jewish, Christian, Atheist, Pagan, Muslim(a), Hindu, Buddhist or none of the above, I wish you a sweet year. A year of peace. A year of blessing. A year of increasing social justice (next year none of us enslaved or degraded!). A year of hope, above all else. A year of hope.

May we dream the world we wish to live in into being. May we work together to bring more healing. May we see that the world's grief is truly, truly, truly our own.

May all beings be loving.
May all beings be loved.
May all beings be love.