Here I am, one soul within this prayer community. Like those around me, I bring my own concerns and yearnings to this place, hoping they will find expressions in the time-hallowed words of my people and in the traditions cherished by generations before me.
May I bring the best of my energies to these Holy Days, approaching this spiritual work with open heart and mind, sincerity, and sustained focus on the deep questions of this season: Who am I? How shall I live? Where have I fallen short – or failed?
Today I take up the challenge of the Days of Awe: cheshbon hanefesh – searching examination of my life, a moral inventory of my deeds, words, and thoughts. During the next ten days, let me face the truth about myself and listen to your still, small voice. Taking comfort in your promise that I am always free to change, released from staleness and routine, let me know the joy of beginning again.
May I gain strength as I share this task with those around me, united by our common purpose: Tikkun middot, improving our characters and tikkun olam, repairing the world. I now prepare myself to pray – one soul amidst this holy congregation.
Why make an account and save your favorite JewBelong stuff? Because someday Jack is going to get off his ass and pop the question and you’re going to get to plan that wedding you've been thinking about since third grade.
Because why use any of your precious brain cells to remember where you kept those great readings that you’ll use someday at Jeffrey’s B Mitzvah? Make an account, keep the readings there. Easy peasy. The only thing you’ll need to remember is your password, and from personal experience that’s hard enough.
Hey, can you watch the phones on Friday? We have a thing.