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Jewish Life Starts After the Holidays

The Jewish new year came upon us in a whirlwind, and at Chabad it was celebrated with many events over the last month—starting with my 40th birthday celebration, then came Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, several Sukkot celebrations, and of course tying it all up with Simchat Torah. Hundreds of community members came to Chabad or were visited by Chabad volunteers during these last few weeks, ensuring that the true spirit of the Jewish holidays was enjoyed by as many people as possible. But just because it’s all behind us does not mean that it’s all over. The inspiration, the joy, and the sense of community that are revitalized during the month of Tishrei continue on throughout the year. Keeping the Jewish spark alive is an endeavor every single one of us must strive for by living Jewishly every day of the year and by including our children and grandchildren in every aspect of Jewish life. The month of Cheshvan, the second month of the year, is the only month on the Jewish calendar without any holidays. And that is precisely the time of year that we can be the most Jewish. Of course having a Jewish holiday every other day helps, but that’s just to give us the boost needed for the rest of the year. Celebrating Jewish life on a daily basis without any holidays is how we show ourselves and the world that Judaism is alive and well, even in this modern world. Whether you take the time to pray with your children before bedtime, to light Shabbat candles every Friday before sunset, to give tzedakah regularly, or lend a helping hand to someone in need—you don’t need to wait for another holiday to do something Jewish. Shanah tovah to you all!

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