Time and Space 2020

Each moment we think we are still,
we move through time and space.
We feel alone, yet
we are connected
through law and custom,
ancestry, biology,
affinity and enmity,
shared experience of fear and isolation.

Days became weeks became months,
The bliss of quiet faded to
the weight of solitude,
We called and we wrote,
to escape our few rooms.
Learned to Facetime and Zoom,
and maybe
bake sourdough bread.
But the timing was off,
the spacing too far.
The world just seemed askew.

Now we find ourselves on the threshold,
Somewhere between opening up
and shutting down.

What can heal us:
Is it time and patience?
Is it space and distance?
Is there nothing we can do,
or is going nowhere the best we can do?

So with Corona, so too Rosh Hashana.
On the threshold,
Between opening and shutting.

What can heal:
Time and patience?
Space and distance?
What can we do?

What we need is what we have:
time
and
space.

Let us give ourselves these gifts,
this time and this space,
this moment,
now.

Written by Rabbi Adam Chalom for the Jewish New Year of 5781/2020.
This will be read at Rosh Hashana services with Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation. Click here to register and celebrate together.

About Rabbi Adam Chalom

Adam Chalom is the Rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in north suburban Chicago. He is also the Dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism.
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1 Response to Time and Space 2020

  1. Thank you for sharing. It’s beautiful.

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