Shabbat Message August 24, 2012

Posted on Aug 24, 2012

Rabbi Donni Aaron, JCC Jewish Educator
August 24, 2012 6 Elul, 5772

It is that time of year again. We have now entered the month of Elul. Elul is the month in the Jewish calendar that comes before the month of Tishre, when we celebrate the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). During the month of Elul, Jews around the world are supposed to begin to reflect on the past year. This way, when the High Holidays do come, we are ready to atone for our sins and begin the New Year on the right foot.
The question then is, “how can we ready ourselves for this New Year that is upon us”? Below, I have listed some questions and thoughts that we can
ponder for ourselves in our own personal preparations and reflections for the New Year. My hope is that each and every person has the opportunity to reflect and enter this New Year refreshed and excited to make the world we live in a more peaceful place.

  1. If you had to name three choices you made in your life that would have been different than your parents’ choices for you, what would they be?
  2. “We forgive not because we believe that what was done was unimportant, but because we are prepared to put aside our anger long enough to hear words which reflect remorse and regret, long enough to begin to believe that people have the potential togrow.” Rabbi Charles Klein
  3. The essence of being humble is the ability to see ourselves as equals with those around us. As Rabbi Hillel taught, “Do not judge another until you are in the same position.”
  4. Whom are we going to forgive this year? How do we let them know they are forgiven?
  5. Forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past can be changed.

Shabbat Shalom

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