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Preparation for Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year)

02.07.17

Question

Rosh Hashana is coming up and I do not feel any spiritual awakening, just emptiness. I want to wake up inside, but I can’t budge myself. What should I do? Is this OK? I became religious four and a half years ago. Thanks.

Answer

That's alright, you do not always have to feel an awakening.

But it is well worthwhile to devote some time to introspection before the New Year:

1) Think a bit if there is any part or parts of the commandments that you find hard to fulfill or observe, and start by making a small practical improvement in those areas.

2) Think in your mind of a spiritual goal you want to achieve this coming year, so that when the holidays arrive and bring with them a fresh new year of life, we’ll know what to ask for from G-d to help you achieve your goal in the coming year.

3) Take a few minutes to go over the holiday prayer book so you’ll be familiar with the prayers and piyyutim of the day and their meaning.

May you have a happy New Year,

 

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