I’m slightly in panic mode. I know that having a lot of classes and speeches to write this time of year is normal for rabbis. I just have never been in that position before.
Last week I taught every day but Friday (normally I only teach 2-3 days a week). In addition I had to write a piece for the newsletter, a sermon for Shabbat davening, and a sermon for the start of Slichot.
For the newsletter I took something I had written before and changed it a bit. The Shabbat morning one, I wrote while I was in Sydney. And the slichot one, I tried to write on Friday, but really wrote an hour before I gave it. I am proud of that one though, the rabbi after told me that it was a great sermon and really set the tone, and that it would be a good one to give even if there were 1000 people in the room (instead of maybe 15).
But now I am looking at this upcoming week. I only have two classes. I will most likely have to write for the newsletter and the sermon on Shabbat (both because I have been doing this basically every week since I got to Australia, but also because the rabbi’s wife is due any second). And in addition I have to make sure that the women’s speeches are taken care of for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. I will also be speaking during the prayer service to give explanations, but I am also giving a sermon the second night and the second day of Rosh Hashana, and the sermon before Yizkor on Yom Kippur.
I also feel like I need to plan Yom Kippur now because I will be going on a trip (which I am very excited for) right after Rosh Hahana. So much to do!!
I have no clue what I want to say yet! It needs to be meaningful and powerful- both to me and to the congregation. I wish I had time to sit and learn. I wish I had people to talk through ideas with.
I know that it will all get done. I know that this is the new role that I will be taking on, and it’s great to really just be thrown in there. But for now, I am in a bit of a panic.