At the start of the new year, many of us are focused on looking forward and making resolutions for the coming year.
One traditional Jewish New Year celebration, which begins with Rosh Hashanah, involves both celebration and reflection. It is a time for evaluation of one’s actions and motives over the past year and responding with repentance and regret for wrongdoing, prayer and making amends. It also involves making a goal to try to do better in the new year.
Though Rosh Hashanah does not line up with Jan. 1 when many of us celebrate the New Year, we can still learn from it and apply its wisdom to our New Year’s celebrations.
This year, try thinking about the past year before you make your resolutions for the new one. This reflection guide can help you get started. Each section has links to resources to help you if you want to explore that area more.
Next Step: Come up With Your Top Three New Year’s Resolutions
What if you’re carrying things into January that you don’t want to bring with you? And what if there are things you’ve learned that are good for you to remember moving forward? How do you heal without ignoring how this past year changed you? The answer: Debrief.
This International Women’s Day, you can know that God sees, honors and values women. God has a special place for women in His plan to restore humanity.
Whether you’re an outsider to a tradition that seems strange or wondering about your own, try to move beyond your “head” to your “heart.” Instead of critiquing what doesn’t make sense, ask where traditions come from.
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