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Do You 10Q?

Posted on 09/04/2013 @ 06:01 PM

One of the big threads woven across the high holiday season is reflection and retrospection, the process known as teshuva. We think about how we acted the past year, our choices, ways that we moved ourselves forward and backward. Our hopes and visions for the New Year are framed with this reflection in mind. What will you do… different from last year? What will you change… from last year? How will you be better… than last year?

The liturgy of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services will give you many prompts to think about your past, and maybe even a sermon or two will inspire some reflection, but I’d like to share one relatively recent technique for this process: “10Q.” A project of Reboot (the same folks who brought you the Shabbat cell phone sleeping bag and the 6 word Jewish memoirs), the 10Q concept is simple: each of the 10 days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur has a different question. They’re personal, range from deeply serious to almost playful, and appear in your inbox each day. As a bonus, if you wish at the end of the 10Q experience, you can have your answers saved and sent to you next fall. I just got mine back - - and it’s a fascinating look back to where I was in September 2012.

To whet your appetite, here’s the first Q, just released this morning… Describe a significant experience that has happened in the past year. How did it affect you? Are you grateful? Relieved? Resentful? Inspired?

To answer, go to

Shanah Tovah U’Metukah – May you have a sweet, happy, and meaningful New Year!

This Shabbat message was written by Rachel Meytin, Director of Panim and Jewish Enrichment.

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