You deserve a second chance, even if it's your hundredth one.
Each of us has something we wish we could do over, start fresh, or finish differently. The Days of Awe promise us that we can transcend the past and get that second chance we all need in at least some part of our lives.
The moon which defined the previous Hebrew month vanishes, and a "new" moon appears. We blow the Shofar to announce it. Is it the same moon or a new one? The answer is yes!
As you celebrate this Rosh Hashanah, consider the following questions and help yourself write the next page in your story:
- Where do you most need a second chance in your life? And what are you willing to do in order to take advantage of it?
- From whom do you wish you could get a second chance? And how could you begin to let them know that is your desire?
- To whom are you willing to offer a second chance and how will you do it?
- How will offering that second chance to someone else actually liberate you to be who you most want to be?
By Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, Clal: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership
"Blow the shofar at the moon's renewal, at the appointed time for our festive day." (Psalms 81:4)