Friday, September 22, 2006

Happy New Year a.k.a. L'Shana Tovah Part 2

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Well, it's that time of year when Pound for Pound slows down to observe the High Holidays. For the first time, this holiday, Rosh Hashanah, and time of year is really beginning to make sense to me. While it's most notable as a time of repentance and apologies, it's not necessarily meant to be so punitive.

RH told me a great retelling of a sermon she heard years ago in shul about the meaning of the High Holidays. The rebbe said that this is not a time for one to have regrets and beat yourself about all of your mistakes; rather it is intended as a time of turning towards, turning towards the world (tikkun olam), towards your friends and family and most importantly yourself. As one who tends to self-hate, it was a great way to view this time of reflection and fits in quite nicely with a lot of my own thinking and writing recently. I hope to use this week to continue this process of warming, turning towards people and causes.

Happy New Year to those celebrating and best wishes for the upcoming year! We'll be back with regular posting on Sunday with lots of goodies to make up for the lost time. I'm going to be staying in tonight and tomorrow, as it seems like a good time to take it easy and read and think. Be good everyone, back soon.

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