The Work of T’shuvah is Also Communal

Elul 24/August 30, 2013— Rabbi Berechiah said, “On Rosh haShanah, it is God’s wish that the hearts of all humanity are turned toward God in unison.”

(Talmud, Rosh haShanah 1, 3)

For reflection: By viewing t’shuvah as strictly individualistic in nature, we run the risk of crossing into the realm of self-absorption and narcissism. This season is not only an opportunity for personal growth, but as a time for communal cheshbon hanefesh (an accounting of our soul), when we ask ourselves if we as a community of brothers and sisters have lived up to our responsibilities to one another. In this past year, how have you foster diversity and acceptance, respect, tolerance and caring for our fellow human beings? Consider one new aspect or project you will actively embrace in the new year.

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