I Am a New Year

As we approach Selichot tomorrow evening, I would like to share my favorite reading. It was written by Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins. It speaks to the chance we have to make the most of each day we are blessed with. We have the power to write on the pages of our lives, the stories we want to tell. Whether it’s good or not, each day brings a new light, new hope, and new opportunities.

I wish you all a year filled with love, a year of peace in our hearts, homes and world, in good health!

Shabbat Shalom and L’shanah Tova Tikatevu

I am the New Year
I am unused, unspotted, without blemish
I stretch before you three hundred and sixty five days long
I will present each day, in its turn, a new leaf
In the Book of Life, for you to place upon it, your imprint.

I am the New Year
Each hour of every day I will
Give you sixty minutes that have
Never known the use of humans.
White and pure, I present them,
It remains for you to fill them;
With sixty jeweled seconds of
Love, hope, endeavor, patience and
Trust in God.

I am the New Year,
I am coming, but once past, I can never be recalled.
What I am depends on you.
You choose – and choose well,
What I am depends on you.