On Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, we come before God, together as one community, to pray for ourselves and each other. I am always very moved when I close my eyes and listen intently to the singing of Avinu Malkeinu, perhaps the most well-known liturgical piece of our entire tradition.
As we understand the role of the Shofar we must ask ourselves then what is the meaning of the sound of the Shofar? Why do we blow the Shofar? To whom should the sound reach and what do we wish to achieve by producing such a powerful sound in our synagogues?
When people–from our community, from my friends, from my family–ask me, “What are you doing in Haifa? What are you doing in Israel?” I explain to them that we are making a real connection with a Reform synagogue and the progressive academy affiliated with it, to learn from each other, to strengthen each other, etc.