26 Elul 5770
A woman walks into my study on Sunday, a guest at a wedding.
She is in a bit of daze--and the wedding hasn't even started!
"I grew up here at Beth Elohim," she begins. And then words come out about her abiding love for the community, her wonderful childhood in Brooklyn, how much she admired her spiritual leader--Rabbi Eugene Sack, who retired in 1978. She remembered his kindness, his gentleness, his moral strength.
I would describe the smile on her face as peaceful and fulfilled to have experienced life's circle moving in a familiar pattern.
A kind of redemption in miniature so close to Rosh Hashanah, I thought.
That's the look.