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Tea Essence

Monday, 23 March, 2020 - 11:28 am

What a blessed whirlwind the last month has been thank G-d! Holiday after holiday with many Shabbats sprinkled in between; a continuous flow of prayer, cooking, meals, inspiration, guests, Mitzvahs, and family/community connections. So much to process, so much to internalize.

I kinda think about the month of Tishrei like “tea essence”. Have you ever made tea essence? It’s pretty cool. You put a bunch of tea bags (you can combine different flavors if you’d like) into hot water and let them steep for a while. What you’ll get is a concentrated tea liquid. You can then store it in the fridge and use the tea essence as you would a tea bag. Add it to hot water and you got yourself a nice cup of delicious tea. But don’t make the same error I once made and mistake that tea essence for regular tea. Whoa that tea essence stuff is very concentrated- way too intense to drink on its own. It’s meant to be diluted into many individual cups of tea.

Likewise with the month of Tishrei. You have to admit, it’s a pretty intense month. I mean from all the hours we spend at services on the High Holidays to the fasting on Yom Kippur to the many Mitzvot of Sukkot to the intense joy and celebration of Simchat Torah (if you have seen the Rabbi after an hour or so into the dancing on Simchat Torah, you know what I mean😊😊😊…) Yup, to me it feels like that super concentrated tea essence. I couldn’t keep that up all year. But I am not meant to. By creating that spiritual concentration of inspiration and connection, we then have our very own store of tea essence to pour into each individual day, week, and month that follows in the New Year ahead.

I have been trying to use the last couple days since the conclusion of Simchat Torah on Tuesday night, to think of one or two teachings/ moments of connection with G-d/ Mitzvah goals I hope for,  that  I can now bottle up and store for the coming year. So that they may flavor my thoughts, speech, and action for the coming year.

And I’d love to hear from you now: Was there a special “Aha!” moment you had this past month over the many holidays we celebrated? A specific teaching or insight that touched you deeply, a moment of inspiration, a special feeling of connection to G-d and to your own soul, a desire to live more Jewishly this upcoming year…If you’re comfortable sharing with us, we’d love to hear!

 And now, with my tea essence in hand, I wish you all L’chaim! L’chaim to a year filled with deep and meaningful “neshama” connections: to G-d, to our own soul, to the soul of others, and to the soul of the world. A beautiful year awaits us G-d willing! LCHAIM!!!

P.S. G-d willing I’ll be back to my regular schedule now of posting my weekly message on Wednesdays.


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