Rabbi Milevsky's Thought of the Week: Rosh Hashanah - 5774
THE REAR VIEW MIRROR
One of the first things I was taught by my driving teacher was to keep my eyes on the road ahead, and only when necessary, use the rear-view mirror. "However," the teacher added "when you hear a siren it is advised to glance at what is behind you!"
Rosh Hashanah is a time to focus on the fact that we are at a new beginning. A time of optimism and hope. Yet when we hear the blast of the Shofar we must realize that it is like a siren and thus a good time to look at the rear-view mirror.
When looking back and assessing the past year we often find ourselves remembering the negative. Without a doubt fixing the flaws of the past are necessary. If there are individuals that a person hurt throughout the year Aseret Yemei Teshuvah is the ideal period for asking forgiveness.
However, utilizing our personal 'rear-view mirror' should be done with balance. We must remember our good deeds and achievements as well. Giving oneself positive reinforcement is a great way to continue doing that which is good.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish the Kehilah a Shanah Tova. May we all merit to have a year of physical and spiritual blessing and growth.