Shabbat Shuvah

September 24, 2014

Every week, Jody Hirsh, the JCC's Judaic Education Director, provides a Judaic message that is featured at the top of the JCC's weekly email newsletter. Below is the Shabbat message for Friday, September 26, 2014.

Shabbat Shuvah

This Shabbat is the Shabbat of “Shuvah.” Technically, the word “Shuvah” means “return.” But the word is also used to mean “return” in the sense of “repentance.” We return to our solid values, and think about our moral and religious failings of the past year, as well as our successes. Everyone has at least one thing they’ve done in the past year that they regret. Did you make a mistake? Or make a bad decision? The High Holidays, especially the days between the beginning of Rosh HaShanah and the end of Yom Kippur are known as the “Days of Awe,” or “The Ten Days of Repentance.” It’s a great time for soul searching and New Year’s Resolutions to be a better person next year.

Think about...

Your family.

Your workplace.

Your friendships.

Your attitude toward society.

Your engagement in the issues that confront us as human beings, as Americans, and as Jews.

What did we do that we were proud of?

What did we do that we could have done better?

What opportunities did we take advantage of?

What opportunities did we miss?

How have we engaged in “Tikkun Olam” (repairing the world) and making the world a better place?

What can we resolve to do for the coming year?


May you be sealed for good in the book of life.