"I am haunted by the moment when Esau learns of all that transpired behind his back,” says Rabbi Samantha Natov. "This cry of Esau is heartbreaking. Because it is not just his cry. It’s all of us who have been taken advantage of, or are not seen,” but Jewish history teaches us about resilience when we’re faced with inequality and injustice when we act as God's partner in tikkun olam.
“When I think about this current historical moment and these two biblical narratives of destruction, the story of the Tower of Babel feels particularly relevant,” says Rabbi Samantha Natov. “So many in positions of power are spending their time aggressively building their own towers, only looking at others for what they can do for them. So what comes next?”
"We are told that Sukkot is z’man simchateinu — the time of our joy. But in many ways, this does not feel like a joyful time... So how do we stay hopeful and maybe even find joy in this time?" Rabbi Samantha Natov investigates how our sources can shed light on finding joy, wholeness and a sense of wellbeing.
“This Shabbat Shuva is named for the words of the prophet Hosea: ‘Return, O Israel, to Adonai your God,’” says Rabbi Samantha Natov. “Between last Yom Kippur and now, some of us have been spiritually asleep. Together, this year, may we find our inner path that aligns with our deepest truths.”
“We’d like to start fresh, but that is impossible,” says Rabbi Samantha Natov. “During these High Holy Days, we can learn from our mistakes and rebuild out of regret. Our regrets give us raw material to start with as we move towards a sense of wholeness.”