Those of you that know me, know that I am fascinated by the Jewish faith. One could say that I am totally in love with the “chosen people” as I will wave at them as they hang outside their synagogues on the parkway and mouth greetings to them as they flag down cars late at night in Williamburg. Because of this love I am always studying their ways.
Most recently my interest has landed on the high holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It is during this time that Jewish observants take a relfective look at their lives during the year particularly the portion of their lives which involves acknowledging the manifold sins which they have committed.
This period of reflection is called “spiritual accounting” which also takes into consideration the things that they can do to make the new year better. I fully appreciate the idea of taking spiritual accounting before the completion of a year to measure where you are and where you want to go in the following year. The Torah Learning Center proposed a few questions for Jewish people to consider in their prepartion for Rosh Hashanah. I am posting a few of the ones that stuck out to me that I definitely think will edify many–Jew, Gentiles and Christians alike. Start accounting, now:
Relationships: Am I spending enough quality time with people I care about? Am I showing proper patience, compassion and respect toward co-workers, friends and strangers? Do I listen attentively to others?
Spirituality: Do I pray with concentration and understanding? Do I realize that G-d is the source of all life, including the challenges as well?
Character development: Am I aware of times when I am arrogant, sarcastic or critical? Do I appreciate the pleasure of all that I have–both materially and spiritually? Am I careful not to waste precious time?
Career: Have I created a work environment free of jealousy, gossip, and immodest behavior?
Cheshbon: Have I clearly established short-term and long-term goal? Are my actions helping leading to those goals? Do I have a workable system monitoring my progress?
I fully intend to blend this practice into my own quiet time leading up to our secular New Year and throughout the year because it’s never too late to change course.
Thanks Torah Learning Center