Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Jewish enlightenment, like sports performance requires preparation

By Rabbi Dan Fink

Actors and athletes appreciate the importance of preparation. As summer turns toward fall, Judaism recognizes the critical importance of spiritual preparation. In six weeks, we will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, our Day of Atonement. Our tradition recognizes that we cannot transform ourselves for the better — as these holy days would have us do — unless we enter them having done our “homework.” When we prepare properly, this season can be an opportunity for genuine renewal and growth. There is no instant, or even easy, enlightenment. According to the labor, so is the reward. [link]