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What are your dreams for this year?

Posted on 08/30/2013 @ 04:56 PM

This week we marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream” speech and the historic March on Washington. President Obama and former Presidents Carter and Clinton were eager to celebrate how far we have come in our quest for equality, but quick to point out that there is much work still to be done. This is the time to dig deep. This is the time to push forward.

In less than a week we will begin celebrations for Rosh Hashanah, and start our High Holy Day season. The Jewish new year might be celebrated differently by all people, but the many holidays that span the next month raise common themes, and in ways, mimic the celebrations in Washington this week. We are prompted to reflect on the past, and make plans for the future. We are encouraged to gather our community in thanks for what we have, and strengthen our resolutions for what we want to achieve. The next four weeks allow us to build momentum and set plans for the year – how will we work together to achieve our greatest dreams? Our communities can provide the support we need to make things happen, but it is up to us to harness that strength. I am reminded of a Dan Nichols song, sung by many of our teens at summer programs this year. It exemplifies the notion that we can and must bring our ideas forward so they can be embraced by our peers. Dr. King’s dreams did not make progress on his will alone. But they did make progress because he spoke up for what he believed in and gained strength from a greater community.

“…Be strong and let us strengthen one another, Chazak, chazak, v’neetchazek.”

Our challenge is to recognize our dreams so that we can push them forward together. What will make you gather your community and speak out? What will you stand up for this year?

This Shabbat message was dreamed up by Aleeza Lubin, Director of Jewish Enrichment, Midwest Hub

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