Hit The Road Jack

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From the echoing sounds of the Shofar to the uplifting chants of Avinu Malchanu sung with parched mouths on Yom Kippur, sitting in the Sukkah telling the story of our forefathers being saved in the desert to then dancing with tremendous joy on Simchat Torah. Tishrei has truly passed like a whirlwind.

I refer to this month as a whirlwind because it’s been full and packed with a vortex of reflection, emotion and renewal.

The High Holidays is a time of introspection, contemplation and prayer however now it s time to move on.

We are now entering the month of Cheshavan which signifies returning to the daily life and schedule.

Cheshvan is the only Jewish month to not contain a Jewish holiday being as it is a month set aside for bringing down into practice any new positive decisions and resolutions of Tishrei into our lives and relationships.

It is customary in many synagogues for a member of the community to announce at the conclusion of Simchat Torah the phrase ‘Yaakov Halach LeDarko- And Jacob Went on His way’ ironically this phrase has always reminded of the song ‘Hit the Road Jack’ by Ray Charles.

Why?

Because just like now in which we are traversing into the New Year of 5780 we take our experiences from Tishrei and the past year with us, ultimately utilizing them in ensuring we have truly a sweet and happy New Year.

It’s time to hit the road and unpack the goodies that we accumulated over these past Holidays.

About the Author
Rabbi Gabi is Australia's youngest community rabbi. He leads the Ark Centre a Orthodox Community Centre with a Shule in the middle. Through his openness and inclusive approach to Judaism, Rabbi Gabi has redefined the 21st Century synagogue within the context of Modern Orthodoxy with a greater focus on song and spirituality. Rabbi Gabi holds a Masters of Social Work.
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