I have spent a fair amount of time over the last six weeks in self-reflection and prayer, considering all the experiences of the past year and looking ahead to the year just beginning. That's what Jews do at this time of year. Did I make amends with those I've wronged? Did I figure out what thought patterns and habits no longer serve me, that I need to let go of? Do I have a sense of how I will walk my path in this new year?
The answers to those questions are still unfolding.
Because I am imperfect, and because the gates of t'shuvah (return) are never closed to those who continue to strive to grow through our imperfections.
I hope the Jewish new year 5776 will bring me more opportunities for growth and that I will be able to ride to the challenges those opportunities present.
At this time of year, in the intermediate days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, it's customary to wish each other: G'mar chatimah tovah -- may you be sealed [in the Book of Life] for a good year.
May we support each other in our striving to grow.