Reclaiming Hope (Rosh Hashanah Day Drash 5778)

By Rabbi Adina Allen

Hope is perhaps our most radical act. Hope is daring, risky, it exposes our dreams and desires and lays our heart bear, it calls us to see the world, our lives, as they are, to question how we got here, and yet through the pain, and disappointment, to continue to feel and to imagine. To hope is to know the discrepancy between vision and reality and to remain, openhearted, in this incongruent, uncomfortable space, refusing to bow to either the surety of impending destruction or the fantasy of a perfect present. It is to wail like Hannah. To question like Isaac. To send out the dove, like Noah. Our hope creates a space for possibility. A small doorway that opens onto a vastly different future.