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Preparing for the High Holy Days

Posted on 09/14/2012 @ 08:11 PM

How are you preparing for the holidays?

We’re in the final days before the High Holy Days. Some have been gathering each morning to hear the shofar while others have picked their apples and are ready to dip them in honey. And some communities have already begun saying selichot, prayers of repentance. All through Elul, the month leading up to Rosh Hashanah, people prepare. We prepare to celebrate and consecrate, to examine ourselves and to atone for our transgressions. These are not easy tasks! As we get closer to Rosh Hashanah on Sunday night, our minds and bodies need to match our words as we reflect, seek forgiveness, and request to be rewritten in the book of life for another year.

Thankfully, we are blessed to have Shabbat immediately precede Rosh Hashanah – giving us a perfect opportunity to rejuvenate before we launch fully into the holidays. There are many ways you can prepare your body and mind, including:

Go for a run or a swim.
Take a yoga class or meditate.
Pray.
Take an extra long nap.
Eat plenty of healthy foods and drink lots of water.

Rosh Hashanah is one of the most significant days of the year. Just as you would prepare for any other significant moment, do what you can to free yourself from the stresses of the week past so that you can move into the holiday with intentionality. That preparation will go a long way as you contemplate the significance of the year ahead, learn from the year behind, and immerse yourself in the celebration of the new year.

This Shabbat message was led by Aleeza Lubin, Midwest DJE

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