DAY 1215: Holding Up A Mirror

October 28, 2015
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DAY 1215: Holding Up A Mirror

Dear Hevreh,

It’s been awhile since I’ve last written and I admit, it’s been something that I’ve missed. With the hustle and bustle of daily life it’s easy to to forget the need to reflect. Yet, without reflecting we aren’t able to see what’s going on around us and what we’re apart of. Think about the Hebrew term for “mirror” — r’ee (ראי). It comes from the root r-a-h (ראה) meaning “to see.” A mirror helps us see ourselves — our flaws and strengths — so that when we “hold it up to ourselves” we can better understand what makes us tick. Without the reflection our inner mirrors give to us, we will go through life stumbling and pushing up against the world, unaware of the impact we are making on it and on ourselves.

That is what this journal is about, offering a mirror to my rabbinic journey to help me be a better rabbi and hopefully by extension to sare some Jewish wisdom that will be meaningful to you. That is the promise that I made at the beginning of this journey, and that is the promise I reaffirm today.

May the mirrors we hold up to ourselves reveal the beauty, contradictions, teachings, and humanity that makes life so interesting.

Kol Tuv,
Rabbi Ari Saks

Picture taken from — “Mirror baby”. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons –

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