The initial is so called because it comes at the beginning. Initials also substitute for the whole. They stand in for something. They stand for something. Each letter has our attention, both in what it is and what it stands for. Jessica Greenbaum tells the story of a traveler, stranded on Yom Kippur, who finds within the alphabet not only the liturgy of forgiveness but the initial seeds of all creation. Together, and individually, we create rituals and ceremonies to support us. We need these supports, and yet we are reminded that we have within us already not the power, but the tools of atonement. Take time to say the alphabet today, quietly, from the heart. Take time to say the alphabet today, quietly, from the heart. Be restored and reunited.
Todd Breyfogle, Denver, Colorado