“As Jewish tradition teaches, while individual soul-searching (hitbodedut in Hebrew) is very important, reflecting in and with community is both enriching and ultimately necessary. Take the opportunity to invite a group of friends for an intentional conversation about some of the big questions of Rosh Hashanah. These could include:
- What do you regret from the past year?
- What do you want to do better this year?
- What do you want to be more awake to this year?
- What help do you need to stick to your resolutions?
You might want to ask participants to journal for a few minutes to gather their thoughts. You may also want to create a tone and setting for the conversation by means of a poem, song, text or other “third thing.” Some possibilities include:
- Accepting This, by Mark Nepo
- The Seven of Pentacles, by Marge Piercy
- Praying, by Mary Oliver
- The Living Years, by Mike and the Mechanics
- Who By Fire, by Leonard Cohen
- Download the Poems and Texts“