When you get your answers to your 10Q questions in 2012, what do you hope will be different about you?
Rosh Hashanah is known as the “Jewish New Year,” but in reality, there are four different Jewish New Years (five, if you count the one when everybody watches a ball fall and gets toasted). As recorded in the Talmud, there’s the New Year of the Trees in wintertime, the New Year of Kings in Nissan, a couple weeks before Passover; and the New Year for the tithing of animals in Elul–that’s one month before Rosh Hashanah. In the Talmud, we’re taught that all of these New Years are necessary for different reasons.
Rosh Hashanah is a day that we set aside for the explicit purpose of stopping in our tracks, checking in, and asking ourselves, how are we doing? But Rosh Hashanah doesn’t have to be the only time we ask ourselves. In the bustle of trying to make it from one year to the next, it might do us a world of good to stop and reflect somewhere along the way.
Bonus: What are your predictions for next year?
is a national project that asks people to answer a question a day online for 10 days during the
. It offers a new way for Jews and people of all backgrounds to slow down and reflect. Answers are emailed to a secure online vault just after
; next year, just before
starts, answers are sent back to participants and the whole process begins again.
Pronounced: roshe hah-SHAH-nah, also roshe ha-shah-NAH, Origin: Hebrew, the Jewish new year.