Days of Awe

Judaism 101: Days of Awe

The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are commonly known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or the Days of Repentance. This is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur.
Jews all over the world just celebrated our new year, Rosh Hashana, and are preparing for Yom Kippur next week. I am going to share some inspiring words below.
Shabbat Shalom,
Coach Yulia

 

This Tuesday night is Yom Kippur. Historically, it is the day the Jewish Nation received the second set of tablets, reestablishing their intimate connection with the Divine eighty days after the sin of the golden calf. Ever since, this day has been a day on which every Jew is given the opportunity to rectify any mistakes he has made. It is interesting that the Talmud gives us advice on how to get this clean slate and reconnect with the Divine on any day of the year. We are told that anyone who can drop his pettiness and overlook most of life’s perceived injustices will be treated accordingly by the Divine, who will reciprocate and drop all claims against him. This may be why we start the Yom Kippur service with the words, “Light is sown for the righteous and someone with an upright heart will experience joy.” The “upright heart” refers to someone who can excuse people for their mistakes, trying never to judge them or to be critical of them, but rather to try to see only the goodness and beauty in people. A person should never think he is the only one in the world who deserves respect and that he is the only one is always right. We should bend over backwards to be gracious to others and forgive them for their mistakes, and God will reciprocate and forgive us for our mistakes. The level of “joy” will be commensurate with the extent that we can cultivate this “upright heart.”
May God’s “light” shine on us all.


Shabbat Shalom!
Rabbi Jawary

A large part of #YomKippur is about self-love. Self-love is more than basking in your light. Self-love is identifying where you’ve messed up, taking responsibility, and correcting your path so you don’t make the same mistake again.
Gedale Fenster
Low self esteem is the producer for all limitations of thinking. Self love is the begging of a new thought process that will allow to break all limitations. Don’t let your ego keep you closed minded and be open to everything. The number one job of the ego is to block perception.

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