According to tradition, Rosh Hashana is the birthdate of the universe. The earth was created tohu vavohu – chaotic, formless, desolate – there was darkness over the surface of the depths and God’s ruach, spirit, hovered above the waters. (Genesis 1:2)
Dr. Miriam Faust of Bar Ilan University, suggests that the chaos of creation is the that of all creative processes. Her belief is that the very act of creation involves destroying something that existed before and rearranging the pieces. In contemporary usage, we speak about “disruption”, a similar concept that states that you cannot improve and build without first displacing the status quo.
When we look at the world around us, we see tohu vavohu – a chaotic and somewhat formless scenario. But according to the above interpretation, our chaos is a “reset” button, not catastrophic. In our tradition, the world descends to the lowest level before a messianic era. So, the disconcerting world we see before us is the disruption that must come as a prerequisite of a creative process that leads to improvement.
At Orloff CAJE, we believe that quality, lifelong Jewish learning is a key to that building process. May we all step up and become part of the building of a better world, better communities and better lives for each and every one of us.
Wishing you and your loved ones a shana tova u’metuka, a Happy, Healthy and Sweet New Year,
Rabbi Arnold D. Samlan, Executive Director
Bruce Greenberg, President
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The vision of the Orloff Central Agency for Jewish Education is the building of a community of lifelong Jewish learners who connect with all aspects of Jewish life using the most engaging methods available.
The Orloff Central Agency for Jewish Education builds the Broward County Jewish community’s participation in quality Jewish learning by offering:
- High quality Jewish educational programs and experiences, building upon partnerships and collaborations
- Professional learning to improve Jewish education offered by our partners in the field
- Communications and advocacy for education that enhances Jewish life in our communities.