Days are like scrolls: Write on them only what you want remembered. -Bahya Ibn Pakuda
“What is your goal for this New Year? Do you have a purpose that you want to define? What are your hopes?”
My minyan consisted of men and women between the ages of 89 and 99.
One woman in a wheelchair prayed with her eyes closed, but the others were totally awake and aware at the assisted living facility where I offer a High Holiday medley of music and meaning at the beginning of every Jewish New Year.
I want to forgive everyone who has ever hurt me.
I want to tell my children that I love them forever even after I die.
I want to reconcile with my best friend.
I want to write the last chapter of my memoir the way I want it to end.
I want to live fully while I am still alive.
I want those whom I have loved and lost to rest in peace.
Today, we write on the scrolls that will be our Book of Life for the year ahead.