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My Rosh Hashanah Mantra
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My Rosh Hashanah Mantra

The Almighty has given me everything I need.


It’s shocking how fast the year goes by. Even though some of those summer days seemed endless, Rosh Hashanah seems to be upon us all too quickly. Our time for preparation is rapidly dwindling. And if we procrastinate just a little (the old “I’ll start my diet tomorrow” strategy), we may miss the opportunity altogether.

So I’m putting away the menus and the tempting recipes. I’m ignoring the siren call of the kitchen, the market, the laundry and yes, even the kids. And I’m sitting down to think about my goals for the year.

As usual, I have about a zillion of them – way more than I could ever accomplish, even when I had the energy of a 25 year-old (while accepting of my age and wrinkles, I haven’t quite reconciled myself to a depleted energy reserve!). So I’m narrowing my focus.

There’s one thought I plan to hold on to when I hear that shofar blow (and it’s not “Wow, how long was that tekiah gedolah? I wonder if the rabbi down the block can blow for that long!”) The Almighty has given me everything I need. Yes, you read that correctly. Everything. There is nothing lacking in my life. Yes, you read that correctly as well. Nothing.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t more growth available. That doesn’t mean I have relinquished my hopes, dreams and aspirations – for myself, my husband, my children, the Jewish people.

But at this moment, all is where it’s supposed to be. At this moment, there is not one molecule missing. The Almighty is running the show (He is the King of Kings after all) and He has given me all the tools I need to make the most of my life.

A wave of peace washes over me (along with a fervent prayer that I will be able to hold on to this thought past the first three shofar blasts!).

But I know it’s the secret, the key to a successful holiday and a successful life.

It’s so hard to maintain that focus. The yetzer hara, our lower self, keeps popping up with a list of what I’m lacking, berating me for being such a fool as to think I have it all. Have I no ambition?!

So I’m praying for one more thing – the ability to access the strength and trust that will keep me attached to this idea and out of the yetzer hara’s grasp (no matter the challenges – I’ll spare you my list).

I’m asking the Almighty to help me. And I think He just might. After all, it’s Rosh Hashanah, and the gates of prayer are open wide.

September 8, 2012

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(6) Anonymous, September 16, 2012 3:32 PM

This is why I stopped buying lottery tickets

This concept is why I stopped buying lottery tickets. I feel I have won the lottery of life in so many ways - health of my children, my mother, myself, a job in these difficult economic times, selling my house and being able to become financially stable - so much to be grateful for that I feel buying lottery tickets would see ungrateful to G-d for all the blessings He has bestowed on me.

(5) Anonymous, September 12, 2012 7:08 PM


This piece is a lovely RH application of mindfulness or psychology of the mind, as it's called by some. It's very popular now, because it's the perfect antidote to our ever elusive happiness, fragmented lives, and anxiety. Calm, peace, serenity- we have what we need. Thanks!

(4) MESA, September 11, 2012 3:24 PM

This was exactly what I needed right now. Shanah Tovah, K'Tivah V'Chatimah Tovah, and Kol Tuv.

(3) Anonymous, September 10, 2012 3:42 AM

I know I'm a very fortunate individual in a unique place not many people find themselves. But I lost my soulmate for reasons I don't understand. And it's literally killing me. I hope HaShem either gives me the tools to help us mend our relationship together, or plucks me out of this unbearable pain. I can't do it alone. Do I have everything I need? I wish I had love. Shanah tovah.

michael peikoff, September 11, 2012 4:13 PM

Keep the faith!

Dear Anonymous: I feel your pain. And I wish for you peace and patience at this difficult time.I have been there.It's devastating.If you care to --I wrote a piece on "My life as country western song' to serve as 1)catharsis for me 2)hopefully inspiration for others dealing with searing loss. L' Shana Tova and always know that g-d is directing it all--and hard to beleive at times, for sure, that it is for all the best.You will be OK--in fact, better than OK, Michael

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