Happy New Year 5777 (A little early)

I find the metaphors people use for time to be very interesting. Many people use the metaphor of time being a line where you start at one point, continue through time sequentially until you reach the end point. You have the first day of school, you travel through time day by day until you reach the last day of school. It’s a timeline with a start, stuff that happens in the middle and an end.
Other people use the metaphor of time being a circle. You start at the beginning of the year, Rosh Hashanah, and travel through time and the year, with all the holidays that follow: Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Chanukah, Tu Bishvat, Purim, Passover, and Shavuot. Until you find yourself at the beginning once again with Rosh Hashanah. A great big circle of time.
The metaphor I like is the corkscrew. A corkscrew has a beginning and an end, but it also has circles that you follow around. That is, you have the cycles of holidays and traditions that you follow every year, each at their own time. But you also have forward movement through time, as if it were a line. It is the essence of Reform Judaism that we honor and respect the Jewish traditions that we have observed through all the years while at the same time updating them and moving them forward into modern times.
As we once again return to Rosh Hashanah in the year 5777, lift a glass to toast all that will be new in the coming year, celebrating the Jewish corkscrew.