Labor Day Weekend. Three words that are most welcome to some, yet fearful and anxiety ridden to others. While this holiday signals an end to summer and the need to "Get Back to the Grind," for us it is so different.
Chazal teach us that Parshat Ki-Tavo is always read soon before Rosh Hashanah because of the Tochachah found in the Parsha. We want to end off our Jewish year and be done with all the negatives and "Curses" that have befallen us. We will then enter a month-long period of introspection, prayer, observance and ritual that will hopefully set the proper tone for the coming year of 5779.
So maybe the fun and games are over (for now) and we have serious work to do, but I know that each and every one of us is equal to the task.