We turn the page of the calendar.
We roll the Torah scroll yet again to the beginning.
This week was the time to put the mahzorim away, take down the Sukkah, and change the Torah covers back to the blue ones.
We said a lot of prayers, sang a lot of songs and ate a lot of wonderful holiday foods.
How do we keep the holiness going a little longer?
The mystics teach us to look at Creation. There is holiness all around us in the wonders of creation. Keep your eyes open. Look at the trees as they change in color.
We seek shlaymut - wholeness. We need God and goodness and God needs us. This is the challenge of this week's Torah portion. The contrast between Noah and Abraham. Noah needed God to support him and walk with him. Abraham was more righteous and he could walk on his own.
Noah built the Ark to save himself and his family.
Abraham stood up to God when told that Sodom would be destroyed.
Let us continue to seek wholeness. We are partners with God in the work of creation. We are here to do the "heavy lifting."
Kol Tuv - All the best.
Rabbi Robert Waxman