The Hebrew translation of the phrase, “I am sorry,” is selicha. It is a concept that weighs heavy on our minds during this season.
As we begin to prepare ourselves for the High Holy Days, it is important to take time to consider the actions and behaviors of this past year for which we are sorry. This process will officially begin on Friday night at a special service called, Selichot (which means “apologies”). Through special songs and meditations, we will formally mark the beginning of the penitential season at Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism.
Please join us this Friday Night, September 19 as Dr. Jane Becker and Cantor Vadim Tunitsky help us begin our spiritual preparations by teaching us a number of central melodies for this season.
Whether it is through a special worship service or through private moments of introspective contemplation, this is the time to begin to examine our behaviors over the past year and prepare our spirits for the Days of Awe. I pray that the ensuing weeks of personal reflection and introspection will be productive and cathartic for each of us.
Shanah Tovah — Steve