Rosh Hashanah is also referred to as the "day of judgment," and it is believed that God opens the Book of Life on this day and begins to decide who shall live and who shall die. The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are viewed as an opportunity for the Jewish community to repent and ensure a good fate.
While many of us do not always understand the various celebrations of other religions, we can understand the concept of “starting fresh,” starting a new. A “new year.” A new opportunity to reflect on how we are living our lives. For those that have a faith that they follow, which is over 90% of the world population, almost every religion has a period of time for reflection and repentance.
I created National Motivation & Inspiration Day, which is January 2nd of every year, for very similar reasons. Rather than determining who will “live or die,” I ask people to reflect upon the life they are living and the life they want to be living. Reflect for a moment on the difference between the two. What would you do differently?
So, today, whether you are Jewish or not, let us all celebrate Rosh Hashanah together. Another opportunity to start a new. How have you lived your life in 2012 since the New Year and National Motivation Day? What are the changes you would make in your life that would make you happier? What changes would you make in your own behavior that would make a difference in the world?
Rather than pointing fingers at others, remember, every time you point your finger at someone else, there are three fingers pointing back at you. “Reflection,”