Although we may have Sukkot in the snow, I am kind of excited to have the High Holiday season begin in October. Unlike most years when as the school bells ring we know it’s a sign for the Shofar to sound, this year we are given almost an entire month to prepare for the Days of Awe, the days when the book of Life is open for our taking.
Not only is the late coming good for preparation time, it also sets the entire Holiday season extremely close to the actual date for the Presidential elections. That being said, we should use this time to get excited for the opportunity of September.
So the question becomes, how will we decide to vote? We must realize that this is a very important questions and it has nothing to do with November. I fear that the political season will distract us from the more important voting of October. I am referring to how we will vote for ourselves, our synagogue, community, and our world. Hashem wants to see that we take this voting seriously, and we have to commit ourselves, through the extra time given, to ponder and clarify what it is we need for the welfare of our Jewish experience.
Here are a few ideas that can help us get started.