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06/21/2022 12:50:18 PM

Jun21

A deeper purpose for sabbaticals

Last year the congregational leadership generously offered me to take this coming month of July as a sabbatical. I graciously accepted even though I don’t like sabbaticals. I enjoy working! Nevertheless, I know some time to read, think, and reflect is important. First, it brings perspective. Second, some deeper study can occur. And third, it prepares one for the day when there will not be any work to do. We rabbis are especially sensitive to being relevant and needed. A reminder that this will not always be the case brings a shiver in the sunlight, but it is an important reality to accept. If we identify primarily through our work, then we will have an identity crisis for sure. In his new book, From Strength to Strength, Arthur Brooks focuses on our need to pivot from working a career to living life beyond a career. Most of us find this a difficult transition. Sabbaticals can help if you are lucky enough to have one.

I am grateful to the worship committee who will preside over Friday night services in July. Please support them!

Sat, September 24 2022 28 Elul 5782