How You Can Change Your Fate

The next 10 days can change the course of your life.

Posted Sep 21, 2017

Tonight is the Jewish New Year, and there is something wonderful, I think, for our friends of all religions and backgrounds. In my understanding, the Book of Life opens after the New Year, and it will remain open for 10 days. These 10 days are called the Days of Awe. It is a time when all of your thoughts, actions, intentions, words, and deeds are observed by the Creator, the Big Eye in the Sky, the Universe itself, the Creative Spirit in the Universe or however you think of it. It is a time for going inward, observing yourself, and reflecting on what you would like to change, improve, rethink, or modify about the way you are in the world. It is a chance to start anew. Even if you have done things you are ashamed of, things that are evidence of really poor behavior, things that are evil, you have a chance to repent, to be really sorry, and to clean the slate and do better. It is a time to ask for forgiveness of people you have hurt. It is a time to forgive those who have hurt you. And then, 10 days later, on Yom Kippur, the Book of Life closes. And it is determined who shall live, who shall die, who shall prosper, who shall fail, who shall have a hard time, an easy time, who will know torment and who will know peace.The idea is that you have an opportunity to impact your fate during these 10 Days of Awe. People customarily greet each other with the words, “May you be inscribed for a good year.” And so, no matter where you are, how you are, what you have done or haven’t done, I hope you are inscribed for a good year.