The Jewish new year – Rosh Hashana (lit. head of the year) is next week.

Since the beginning of Elul (the Jewish month that precedes Rosh Hashanah) I’ve had time or should have taken time to do my soul searching. I would have better used my time had I perhaps thought about the iniquities I committed this past year. I should have been thinking about how I could better myself and my deeds. Unfortunately I didn’t. I got caught up in the dailies.

And next week is Rosh Hashanah and the week after that Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement. I will stand before Him, Judge of all living beings and ask that He forgive my wrongdoings and that in His mercy I and my family should be written in the Book of Life.

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are the most daunting of days and yet the happiest. The time of introspection and forgiveness is when the Jewish people are at their peak.

It’s interesting. Jews are not expected to be perfect. We are meant to be human. And that means that we will not always succeed. What would perhaps be a “bug” if we were computer programs is actually an inherent part of who or what we are meant to be.

But the fact that we will sometime fall, that we will sometimes fail, does not absolve us from trying our very hardest to make sure we don’t.

This coming Jewish New Year I wish upon us writers (Jew and non-Jew alike) to remember that though not every day will be the best writing day, the onus of writing is always upon us. May the year be one in which we fulfill are goals and even if we don’t, may we not lose faith in ourselves or in our work.

Due to the holidays there will be no post for the next couple of Tuesdays but I’ll be back on October 2nd with a new post.

Until then Shana Tova – a happy and healthy new year to all!