2009-09-04 / Columnists

Point of View

A SAD MONTH
"The Rabbi's Personal Column" Rabbi Allan Blaine Temple Beth-El, Rockaway Park

Ordinarily I look forward to the month of September. We are all back refreshed hopefully by some sort of vacation. Our friends and doctors and merchants can now be reached. We are preparing for the New Year, for a festive holiday season and sometimes even feel the intimation of fall and its crisp air, a welcome antidote to the 99 degree weather and humidity.

Yet, to me for the past nine years September has become the saddest month. Nine years ago my birth place and beloved city was the scene of a horrible act of terrorism perpetrated by radical Islamic terrorists who took 3000 lives, injured many still suffering from its aftereffects and destroyed the beautiful Twin Towers, testimony to the greatness of New York and led to an unending and unceasing war against terrorism with many casualties.

Yes, the month of September is a sad month but from it sadness and suffering comes challenge, courage and affirmation. A low ebb in our lives sometimes goads us to move forward, unafraid of the darkness until we finally emerge into the light.

The Bible speaks of Moses in a moment of great fear in his life, "and Moses approached the darkness - where God was!" Yes we can find God in dark places in our lives and turn the darkness into light.

This is what the dark days of September, the month of festive Rosh Hashanah, the affirmation of life should do for us.

A Happy, Healthy and Peaceful Jewish New Year to all.
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