The period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (between the Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement) is referred to as the Days of Awe or the Ten Days of Repentance. Naturally, repentance involves reflection, self-examination and remembrance. All these elements are brought together for the purpose of the future and its aspirations.
In remembrance we are conscious of the beginning not only of the world and all creation, but also of ourselves as humanity and individuals. Think of a new-born baby. That is how we all began. Our destiny and purpose in life were with us when we came to this world.
Self-examination and reflection will help redirect us to that purpose and destiny if in the course of the past year, we lost focus. That purpose and destiny remains even when mistakes are made. In self-examination and reflection we seek a second chance and everyone deserves it.
In sports and legal parlance there is a saying, “three strikes and you are out”. Not so we the Maker of the Universe. Not so with this Universal Power that sustains the whole creation. Every new year promises a new you, a new me capable of reclaiming that birth heritage.
During these High Holy Days, we will therefore strive to learn from the past (and its mistakes), not to live in it, but find the Power to move into the destiny assigned to us from the beginning.