October is an interesting month for the Jewish people because it’s one of the only months with no Jewish holiday. A lot of the Jewish holidays were celebrated last month, in September. Rosh Hashanah, the New Year, Yom Kipper, the Day of Atonement, Sukkot, the tabernacles and we start and end the torah. I was thinking about that because we start and end the torah at the same time, we read a different portion of the torah every week. One of the stories we read is about Noah and everybody knows about Noah and the flood. As a Rabbi, I was thinking about the beginning of the torah, the ending of the torah and the great flood which lead me to the New Year and new beginnings. We have new beginnings right around the corner. I then realized that every second of our lives is a new beginning. Whether it’s for ourselves or for the people that we care for or even the family’s of the people that we care for, there is always a chance for a new beginning. We have to realize that we should be celebrating the new beginnings we take on. So for October, I send you all blessings. I hope all of your ups and downs turn out to be wonderful experiences.
If you’d like to talk with me, Rabbi Leon Olenick, you can reach me at (305) 490-5999. God bless. Be well and keep your heart open!