Share your thoughts on today’s Jewel or answers today’s question. Questions by Rabbi Rafael Goldstein. Click on the underlined question title below to add you answer.
If you could receive one text message from a loved one who died, who would it be from and what would it say?
If you had to name what your legacy will be for your kids, other family members, or the community, what would it be? How are you making that legacy happen?
If you could cast your sorrows out onto the water, what would you get rid of? Why?
If you had to count your blessings, who or what would you count twice? Why?
If you had to name three things that you see as the definitions of your culture, what would they be? Why?
If you had to name an event that took place in the last year in your life that changed everything, what would it have been? What happened?
If you had to describe one thing you believed to be true, then learned wasn’t so true, what would it be? How did you find out the truth?
If you could go back to any place where you have once been, where would it be? Why is it so special to you?
If you could spend one more day with someone you miss, who would it be, and what would you do?
If you had to divide your life into “before” and “after”, what would be your dividing experience? What happened? How did everything change after?
If you had to name three things you hope for in the New Year, what would they be? Why?
Name three ways in which you hope to be different next year. How are you working to make these dreams come true?
If you had to name two ways in which life surprised you this year, what were they? What happened?
Is there a place in your life that you keep returning to? Where is it? Why do you go there? How has it changed over the years? How have you changed over the years?
Rabbi David Ingber says that forgiveness is about “letting love win”. Can you name a time in the past year when you let love win? What happened?
Name three things you discovered about yourself in the past year. What were they and how did you come to recognize them?
If you had to name three goals you have for the New Year, what would they be? How does what happened in the past year relate to these goals for you?
If you had to name the members of your “life-team” who would they be? How did these people get onto your team, and how do they manage to stay on the team?
Nes gadol: A big miracle. Was there a time in your life when you experienced that kind of feeling, of a miracle taking place? Or was there a time when now, looking back, you see that something in your experience was so unexpected, awe inspiring or amazing, or indicative of the Hand of G!d?
If you had to name three words that have significant meaning in your life, what would they be? Why?
What three pieces of advice did you learn this past year? Who can you share this wisdom with?
If you had to name two people whom you miss, for whatever reason, who are they? What do you miss about them?
Who would you invite to your Bar/Bat Mitzvah/ Sweet 16/ Quinceanera or other end of childhood celebration from your adult life? Why?
Where do you draw your strength from when you are in a crisis? How do you find the ability to move beyond the crisis? What advice do you have for others in a crisis?
If you could have a “do-over” of one event that happened to you in the last year, what would it be? How would you change it?
Was there a time during the past year when you felt shame? What happened? How did you get over it?
If you had to name the time when you “came of age”, when would it be? What happened? How does it feel now, looking back at it?
The Days of Awe are about forgiveness – of ourselves, of others, of G!d. What are you holding onto that you cannot forgive yourself, others or G!d for in the past year? Why are you holding onto it? What would it take for you to release?
If you had to name three things you need to learn and three things you need to “unlearn” what would they be?