Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown today, marking a time for reflection on the year one has just lived and the one ahead. It also ushers in the beginning of the ten Days of Awe, in which one considers the quality of one’s relationship with God, family, and friends.
Mahatma Gandhi once said that every person has a sacred obligation to respectfully study the core beliefs of every religion. I think that’s sound advice. Whether one is Jewish, Christian, Moslem, Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, or any other of the world’s religions, taking ten days to honestly examine ways to be more respectful of one’s self, family, friends and neighbors would go a long way toward realizing another tenet of Judaism called Tikhun Olam, which means Repairing the World.
I suggest that we all, whether we follow a particular religion or not, take a few moments at sundown tonight to contemplate the truly awesome mystery of this thing we call life.