Message for the Week from Rabbi Stein

Healing and Connection

Rabbi Jay M. Stein on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', הָרוצֶה בִּתְשׁוּבָה

Baruch Ata Adonai Ha’Rotzeh b’teshuva

Praised are You, Adonai Who desires repentance.

One of the obstacles to apologizing is not knowing how that apology will be received.  Once we arrive at the best solution to the conflicts we have in our lives, and determine to apologize, we are afraid of how the other person will hear those words. We may play out different scenarios in our heads with varying levels of success. However, what holds us back is the fear that our apology will elicit a response of further aggression or rejection.   

This bracha encourages us to imagine the best.  Imagine the words “I’m sorry” will bring recovery and relationship.  That is what this season of the year is all about.  When we open the conversation with “I’m sorry,” the healing begins, and connection is felt.

On behalf of Sharon and myself, we wish you a year of tremendous joy and love.