Happy (Secular) New Year
As Jews, we are fortunate to have many opportunities to recreate ourselves, evolve, and move toward our ultimate destiny, actualizing our purpose in life.
We have High Holy Days to assess and review ourselves, doing a Cheshbon HaNefesh, an accounting of our souls.
On Shabbat, we have a weekly opportunity to rest, and renew ourselves. We have, built within the fabric and structure of our religion, a Divine command to take time out from the stress of the week to reflect and refresh.
On a daily basis, we go to sleep at night and say the Shema. We can recite or sing our Hashkiveinu prayer asking God to see us safely through the night and wake us with the morning light. Upon rising, we can do morning prayers thanking God for restoring our soul for (yet) another day and giving us another opportunity to share and do mitzvot.
We are meant to be grateful, to study and evolve, to be our best and do our best. We are meant to love, share, and continually grow.
Below are words from Charles Schultz, the creator of the Peanuts series. Please read through and keep all of this in mind.
It is important to strive and push ourselves throughout our lives for excellence. But, at the end of the day, what matters most is how you have lived, loved, and shared the best of who you are.
We do this, daily, at Temple Emet.
As you go through this year, please think about how you can get involved and share more of yourself? Your time and/or resources are greatly appreciated and make a difference in how Temple, Judaism, and our world evolves.
May 2017 be good to all of you and those you love! ~ Rabbi Didi
CHARLES SCHULTZ PHILOSOPHYThe following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip. You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just read straight through and you'll get the point.1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America Contest.4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.How did you do?The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. They are not second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.Here's another quiz:1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.Easier?The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are NOT the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.They are the ones who care.Don't worry about the world coming to an end today...It's already tomorrow in Australia.Charles Schultz
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