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A Word from Rabbi Schulman - 10/2/2020

The High Holy Days are intended to be a time of self-reflection. Throughout the course of services, I presented a number of questions for people to respond to either in a journal or in quiet meditation.

Here are the questions I presented:

Selichot: What is unresolved in my heart? What questions are on my mind? What is unclear, uncertain, and unsettled in my life? What is one change I would like to make in the way I am living my life and relating to other people?

Rosh Hashanah Evening: Take a moment to individually reflect on who you were over the past year. What do you want to leave behind? What relationships need repair or healing in some way?

Rosh Hashanah Morning: What words of instruction should you keep in your pockets during these High Holy Days?

Yom Kippur Evening: Who in your world needs your compassion and love? Are there ways you have held back and might want to reach out?

Yom Kippur Morning: What can you do in the coming year to make the world more just?

During this day of atonement, reflect on the harm you have done to yourself.

Reflect on the harm you have done to your family and friends.

Reflect on the harm you have done to the world around you.

Reflect on the harm you have done to the Jewish people.

Though the Days of Awe have passed, self-inquiry can rightfully take place any day of the year.

May 5781 be a year of reflection and deeds of righteousness and loving-kindness.


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