Preparing for Rosh Hashanah

By Rivka Perlman

September 9, 2015

Preparing for Rosh Hashanah | Preparing for the High Holy Days

This video about preparing for Rosh Hashanah was posted a week ago. Now it is one week closer to Rosh Hashanah. In fact, tonight, as I write this we are less than a week away. 

The month before Rosh Hashana is called Elul. Its a time to prepare for the Day of Judgment. Even though its a matter of life and death we can somehow we get overwhelmed and let it pass up by.  We’re just like that. The daily- ness of life obscures it’s preciousness. If you feel like Elul is passing you by, you’re in good company- but it’s not too late!

PS Because I am posting this video so close to Rosh Hashanah, I am also including some gems about preparing for Rosh Hashanah wisdom from my coach, R’ Aryh Nivin.

As a special treat he gave a free recorded talk/sermon about preparing for Rosh Hashanah.

Preparing for Rosh Hashanah

“Rosh Hashanah is the DNA of the year. Everything that happens to us that day determines what our year will be like. But what about if we wake up in a bad mood, if things go wrong? What we’re talking about here is not our external experience, its about how we relate internally to our external circumstance. Its the Day of Essence. What matters is your internal response. This is the secret of life.
The externals of life have nothing to do with you. Its about about your effort. This is transcendence.”
-Rabbi Nivin


“The essence of Rosh Hashana is to strip away everything you have. I am not (enter name) who does this( enter job). I have nothing. It’s all being decided now.
As it says, He who enters Rosh Hashanah poor will end the year rich.” Start out with nothing but the primal scream, the Shofar, the deepest desire to connect to Hashem. ”
-Rabbi Nivin

” We live in something called the Time Continuum. But in fact, its all an illusion. There’s no actual continuation from one second to the next. We need to be able to timeless- to step out of time and see our story and rewrite the script. In order to truly be in Rosh Hashanah we need to step out of time and get off the train.”
– Rabbi Nivin

“Thirty days before Rosh Hashana, the illumination of the Yom Tov is already streaming down to us. All of Elul is code. It’s G-d telling us what we need to know for next year. Pay attention. Everything that happens to you is information.
It’s a time – not to think about what is, but what can be. Its a time to dream and invent and open every door of possibility.”
-Rabbi Nivin

To access the full recording  about preparing for Rosh Hashanah- available for the month of September call:

605-562-3149 Access code 333039#

Watch my video about preparing for Rosh Hashanah below:

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