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We all want the High Holidays to be meaningful, inspiring and transformative. Yet, somehow, that never seems to be the case. Why not? I think it all boils down to one simple thing- we don’t prepare enough. Like anything in life, what you get out of the High Holidays will depend entirely on what you put into them. The goal of this short blog is to make daily suggestions on how we can prepare ourselves and invest now so that we can maximize the transformative power of these awesome days.
Tip One- I will set aside five minutes each day between now and Rosh Hashanah to work do my spiritual accounting for the year. In March, in preparation for tax day, we get all our accounting in order. During these precious days leading up to Rosh Hashanah, we do the same with our spiritual books. Take a few minutes to ask yourself a few essential questions:
1) What is the unique contribution that I was sent to this earth to make?
2) How can I utilize my talents this coming year to make a real difference in people’s lives?
3) What are the five most important values that I live my life by? (Examples- honesty, loyalty, selfless giving)
Stay tuned for more tips on how to make this Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur the one you have been dreaming of…
Posted on: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
Author: Rabbi David
About: For more and more students in the Chicago area, Rabbi David is like a personal tour guide into the world of Jewish thought. He is passionate about elucidating timeless Jewish texts to the contemporary mind and leading each student on his or her own personal spiritual journey. His inspiring and insightful teaching style, coupled with his sense of humor and warm approach, has attracted hundreds of students since he began teaching on the North Shore 12 years ago. Rabbi David and Ali have five children, and currently reside in West Rogers Park in Chicago.