We are in the ten days of awe. Our names have been entered in the book of life and now we are facing the mirror of self. We hope to be sealed in the book.
We have a few days still to forgive and to seek forgiveness; to examine ourselves; to return to the path of our personal righteousness.
And as we get ready for it, we reach the end of the Torah and the conclusion of Moses great address with what is known as the song of Moses.
It is an unsatisfying end to a great book but would have made a brilliant, Homeric introduction – calling on the muse and setting out the chain of events.
We find out that God is in the hall of judgments, judging, just as right now we are presenting our case in the celestial hall of judgment. It is a fantastic ending that becomes a brilliant beginning since we are about to start again.
I will be preparing a Yom Kippur service video for you all and like the Rosh Hashanah one, it will be so you can incorporate all the elements and prayers but in a time that allows for your attention and intention to not stray.
You will be able to lead a service for your family after watching it and explain the how’s and whys. And I hope you are all still holding onto those four great lessons of life I spoke of last week – trust, hope, confidence, and love.
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Be well, be happy, be healthy, be free, be kind, be forgiving, be compassionate, be independent of mind and deed, be mindful of your intentions and be good to yourself. Continue to celebrate the taste of freedom in your life and the peace that comes from acceptance – and as always – if you have any questions or suggestions or just want to say “hi”, please send me an email. I love hearing from you.
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Be good to yourself and others and enjoy love and life every day. Determine the path you want to take and take it. Continue to fight off the barbarian at the gate and get together and love and share and care. Take an extra minute and think before you speak. Your words have a weight you did not realize.
Continue to conduct the examination of self and exercise the gift of forgiveness – who do you need to forgive; who do you need to seek it from. You do not even have to wait to be asked and you can make this a part of who you are all year long.
And please, take the opportunity to call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while and tell them what they mean; tell them that you love them. People need to hear; do not expect them to simply “know”. It is a wonderful habit to have and send in the names of those you want honored in the memorial service after yom kippur.
Enjoy and celebrate your life and the lives of others, and in doing, be safe my friends, be happy and may you all have a week of peace and love and make sure you also celebrate your own unique individuality and your incredible awesomeness.
And let me wish you all – ketiva v’chatimah tovah – may you be inscribed and sealed for a good year. I know you all will be.
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