This morning a friend texted me a graphic showing the five weeks before the winter solstice, and the five weeks thereafter. Along with the image came a short message that read, simply, “We made it!” The literal darkest season of the solar year is behind us: cause for rejoicing indeed.
On the Jewish spiritual calendar (which is lunisolar, shaped both by our planet’s orbit around the sun and the waxing and waning moon) we’re poised to rush headlong from winter into spiritual spring.
The days are lengthening. Our spring festivals are on the horizon. There couldn’t be a better time to begin to build anew.
Blessings to all,
— Rabbi Rachel