Every year we produce a reflections book for the High Holy Days. Usually around Pesach I put out a call for contributions. This year, I am doing so earlier, with good reason.
Rosh HaShanah begins on the evening of September 6, Yom Kippur is the night of the 15th. In between is September 11. The holidays will be filled with emotions on top of emotions, and your reflections on the day itself and the world after will help many people gain some perspective.
Please put down on paper your remembrance of the day. What were you doing when you heard the news? What thoughts went through your head? How were you personally affected?
Or perhaps you would like to write about looking back at the thoughts and emotions over the passage of half a year. Do your initial reactions have staying power? Is there a feeling you would like to recapture or one you would like to lose?
Or may be you have been comparing the events of September 11 and its aftermath to a story in the Bible or a midrash or another event in history. Possibly you have a different set of lenses through which to view Israel or American values.
Or you might project what lies ahead for us as Jews, as Americans, as members of the human family.
Length is always the issue when a flood of thoughts emerges. Therefore, I ask that you limit yourself to 250 words, about ¾ of a page. (If your text needs a specific format, like a poem, please limit yourself to the page length, not the word length.) Please send me a hard copy of your writing. If you can e-mail me an attachment as well, please do so in Word.
I look forward to reading your reflections. We have a diverse and remarkable collection of members, always willing to help and challenge each other. You can make this coming High Holy Day season especially meaningful for many others.