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High Holidays How to get back on proper path

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Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 10:00 am

We live with a practical tradition. We begin the Jewish New Year with 10 days devoted to introspection. Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we are asked to review our past failures and victories, to evaluate our relationships and how we can make things better for ourselves and those we care for. We take stock of our lives and try to put ourselves back on the right path.

Chet is the Hebrew word commonly translated as “sin.” It is derived from the term that means “to miss the target.” The assumption is that sin is a mistake; an action we would correct, if possible. It is human to make mistakes – it is brave to try to correct them. This makes teshuvah – translated as “to return” – an attainable task. We are not expected to be perfect, but we are expected to clean up the messes we have made.

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