Praying from the Heart

As I was leaving a national Jewish educator’s conference this week, everyone was wishing each other a Shanah Tovah. And I wanted to say: WAIT – I am not ready!!! I never feel this way when December 31st is coming, but I always have this sense of not being ready for Rosh Hashanah. Why is that? There is certainly a difference in tone between the Jewish celebration of a New Year, and the secular celebration of a New Year. January 1st is celebrated with parties, drinking, and dancing. I am always ready for happy celebrations! Rosh Hashanah, though, is marked by reflection, by self-evaluation, and by a small measure of fear, as we approach G-d, the King, who will evaluate our moral behavior and

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