An invitation to reflect as the Ten Days of Teshuvah approach


Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,

For the last several years I’ve participated at this season in an online project called 10Q.

10Q stands for “ten questions.” During the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, those who sign up receive ten meaningful questions via e-mail. Questions like, “Describe a significant experience that has happened in the past year. How did it affect you? Are you grateful? Relieved? Resentful? Inspired?”

Or “Is there something that you wish you had done differently this past year? Alternatively, is there something you’re especially proud of from this past year?”

Each day, participants are invited to go to the 10Q website and log in and share answers to these questions — which can be marked as “public” (in which case they’ll be visible to the outside world) or “private” (in which case no one can see them but you.)

After Yom Kippur, answers go “into the vault,” which means they get locked down and no one can see them — not even the people who wrote them. Next year, a couple of days before Rosh Hashanah, the answers are emailed back out to us — so I just got an email from 10Q with the answers I wrote to these questions last year, a kind of time capsule reflecting where I was as Rosh Hashanah approached in 2015.

I find it incredibly meaningful: both taking part during the Ten Days of Teshuvah (the ten days of repentance / return in between the two high holidays), and also rereading my responses a year later. If this sounds meaningful to you too, I hope you’ll give it a try.

I look forward to seeing y’all at CBI during the Days of Awe. (You can find our high holiday schedule in our October 2016 newsletter.)

Wishing you blessings as this final Shabbat of 5776 approaches —

Rabbi Rachel

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