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1. Think of your family and closest friends. Are you conscious of ways in which you may have harmed any of them, or caused them pain in the past year? What can you do to make amends?

2. Has anyone sinned against you or hurt you this year? How? What do you need from them to achieve healing? Is there something you can do to help bring about that healing or reconciliation? Perhaps that won’t be possible. If not, how can you help yourself to find inner peace and move on?

3. What are the most important things in your life? Are you making time for them, or do they get pushed to the bottom of the list due to the pressures of daily living? What do you need to change to make space for the things that truly give your life meaning?

4. Recall a situation from this past year in which you felt proud of yourself. Reflect on why/how the best part of you came out in that situation. How can you fulfill the best in yourself more often in the coming year?

5. Decide on one or two specific tikkun olam issues you will commit to spending some time and energy on this new year.

6. Identify one or two mitzvot that you’d like to devote special time and energy to this year, such as rethinking how you give tzedakah or new ways to celebrate Shabbat.

7. Consider your life in your work community, your SWESRS shul community and at home. What are the particular strengths and gifts that you contribute in these different communities? How can you develop something new within yourself to offer communally in the coming year?

8. Think about the past year and recall something you did that was a lot of fun, gave you deep pleasure or was profoundly nourishing. How can you build more of this into your new year?

9. How have you grown this year? What new knowledge, skills and experience have you learned? What are your learning targets for 5781?

10. Count your top 10 blessings in the last 12 months!

Adapted from an exercise by Merle Feld, director of The Rabbinic Writing Institute merlefeld@verizon.net