A new year means new beginnings. As we prepare for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkos, we reflect on the past year, make commitments for the coming year, and hope to accomplish the new goals we’ve set.
The Gemara tells us that kol haschalos kashos, all beginnings are hard. When we start a new project, we are generally enthusiastic about it. So why is that hard? The Bnei Yissaschar answers that it means that “kol” the entire commitment, “haschalos” should have the enthusiasm of the beginning – “kashos” -and that is difficult to achieve!
We at the JCC look forward to a great new year as we work on new projects for small businesses, girls programs, boys after school programs, and more. As you embark on your own commitments for the New Year, I wish you the enthusiasm referred to by the Bnei Yissaschar combined with success in all you do.
Wishing you a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year.