This week, we exited the month of Tishrei and began the month of Cheshvan. Tishrei is filled with many holidays – Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah. However, the month of Cheshvan contains no holidays at all. This is why our tradition refers to this month as Mar Heshvan – the bitter month of Cheshvan.
However, I appreciate Cheshvan because it is when we truly begin a regular rhythm of the Jewish year. Our Religious and Hebrew school students are settling in with their teachers. Wonderful learning is taking place at TBT every Sunday morning and Tuesday afternoon.
Adult learning also is moving along steadily. Torah Study, Adult Hebrew, and the Mussar course are all engaging the hearts and minds of Temple members.
For Cheshvan and the following months, I know that WTBT, Brotherhood, Mar-Win, and our Temple Committees are cooking up great programs.
There is a lot to look forward to in the coming year. That is why I refuse to be bitter for even a moment as we journey forward in our Jewish calendar.