Teshuva Meditation

In my previous article I mentioned the Yom Kippur prayer service at Aish HaTorah and the Heritage House. I really enjoy the lectures given by Rabbi Yaakov Marcus in between the service. This, however, does not mean that we interrupt the service in order to listen to a lecture. What it means is that we, for instance, pray the Shemona Esrei and whoever would like to participate in the lecture, goes into a separate room while the Chazan is doing the repetition. Later on, everyone is returning to the service and is catching up. Those who want to continue praying do not need to leave the service but join the Chazan.
Do not forget: The Aish HaTorah/Heritage House service is a beginners programme and the goal is to provide Reform or secular Jews a more intense relationship to G-d!
In addition to the service, a lot of flyers with useful information are being put out. I took one of those flyers and the content is really interesting:
Don’t try to answer all the questions at once. Take one question at a time and meditate on it for at least 5 minutes. Try very hard to answer the question. When you feel satisfied with your answer, move on to the next question.


Values Meditation

  1. When do you most feel that your life is meaningful?
  2. When do you most feel you have wasted time?
  3. Are there any ideals you would be willing to die for?
  4. If you could live your life over, what would you change?
  5. What would bring you more happiness than anything else in the world?
  6. What are your three most significant achievements since last Rosh Hashana?
  7. What are your biggest mistakes since last Rosh Hashana?
  8. What project or goal, if left undone, will you most regret next Rosh Hashana?
  9. If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you undertake to accomplish in life?
  10. What are the habits that you know you should change or improve?
  11. What did you do last year that gave you the strongest feeling of self-respect?
  12. When do you feel most spiritual?
  13. What kind of a person do you want to be in five years from now?
  14. What are the most important relationships in your life?
  15. How often do you express your feelings to those who mean the most to you?
  16. Over the last year, did those become closer and deeper?
  17. What can you do to nurture those relationships this year?
  18. If you could change only one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  19. If you could change only one thing about your spiritual life, what would it be?
  20. What kind of relationship do you want to have with your body?
  21. What kind of relationship do you want to have with your family?
  22. What kind of relationship do you want to have with your community?
  23. What kind of relationship do you want to have with humanity?
  24. What kind of reputation do you want to have for honesty and integrity?
  25. What kind of legacy do you want to leave the world?

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