Sunday, August 23, 2020
Third Day of Elul 5780
The Hebrew word “t’shuvah,” which we usually translate as “repentance” actually comes from a Hebrew root that means “turn” or “return.” To “make t’shuvah” really means to return back to the path that you intend to walk in life. It does not mean that you have to become a different person (as if that were possible). Doing t’shuvah means finding a way to return to being yourself.
We all get derailed in life sometimes and find that we have become a different person from the person we would like to be. T’shuvah is our invitation to make a course correction in life, to turn, and to return to being the person we intend to be.
Practice for this day:
Think about the words that describe the fundamental qualities that describe who you really are. Let these be words that describe your deep nature – not the things you have achieved, the skills you have mastered, or the titles you have earned – but the words that describe who you have always been. For example, you may remember things that people have told you about yourself – times when people told you that you were “kind,” “energetic,” or “inquisitive.” Find the words that describe you at your best, and the things you like about yourself at your best, and write them.