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Reflect, recharge and renew — now and always

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  • Written By: Gail Baer
Reflect, recharge and renew — now and always

As the Jewish High Holidays near, we begin to take the time to reflect, recharge and renew ourselves for the year to come. Last year, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, for many of us, were observed at home as the pandemic prevented us from being in-person at our congregations. We experienced a different kind of spiritual renewal as we created our own sacred space to observe the holidays.

The High Holiday season for me is also about reconnection. And this year even more so as we have the opportunity to return to our places of worship (albeit with social distancing protocols in place). I look forward to reuniting with friends after these past many months and enjoying the spiritual uplift of the season.

Taking time for reflection, clarity of mind, body and spirit is so fulfilling. I wonder whether that which we experience during our holiest time of year — such powerful moments for our souls — can be sustained throughout the rest of the year.

I know I am not alone when, after the holidays, I slowly, but surely, move back into the familiar pattern of filling my days with the heavy lifting of work and life, stretching the boundaries of my day to take in one more meeting, make one more phone call, send one more email.

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