Chaplain’s Message – Fall 2019
The cycles of many of our activities begin anew in September, as the fall season starts. We are getting ready for the new CAP fiscal year, which begins on October 1. Many squadrons, like my Seacoast Squadron, have fall recruitment open houses as we reach out for prospective cadets beginning the new school year.
Within the Jewish religious calendar, September presents what are called the “High Holy Days,” the holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. With their foundations based in Scripture, but enhanced by millennia of observance, they present universal messages of the need for self-analysis, reflection on what makes life special, what we owe to our fellow human beings, and what is our relationship to God, however we conceive the Infinite Source of Being. Only incidentally is it the start of a new religious calendar year, 5780 in the traditional calendar.
Being Jewish perhaps gives one a “double opportunity” to celebrate New Year. But since January 1, with the possible exception of resolutions, is devoted to merriment and celebration, I’m glad that we have a New Year to celebrate not only the blessings of life, but the opportunity to ask ourselves what is really important in life… and to rededicate ourselves to a life and to values worth living.
May each of us and our families be inscribed in “God’s Book of Life” for a healthy and happy year.