by Craig Taubman

How do we keep the introspection of the High Holy Days going throughout the year? Ironically it might happen if we don’t think too much. Abraham Joshua Heschel said, “A Jew is asked to take a leap of action rather than a leap of thought.”

Ours is a religion that asks us to act, to do, maybe before we even necessarily understand what we are doing. We recently completed more than six weeks of introspection, thinking, and rethinking. Perhaps the best way we can keep the spirit of the holy days alive is by taking a break from the heavy analysis and acting with renewed vitality.

Print out the words below and put them in your wallet as a reminder that just like last year we will fall down, get up, succeed, and fail. If we are lucky, we won’t beat ourselves up too much.

This Year I Ought to…
This year I ought to dream out of my comfort zone.
This year I ought to make someone smile.
This year I ought to bring my own bags to the grocery store.
This year I ought to take a hike up to the top of a mountain (or hill).
This year I ought to read Torah.
This Year I Ought to… This year I ought to do less and be more present.
This year I ought to tell and listen to more stories.
This year I ought to wag more and bark less

Craig Taubman’s dynamic music and moving performance style have been an inspiration to the Jewish community for close to 30 years. His songs bridge traditional Jewish themes and ancient teachings, appealing to audiences young and old. He is the creator and producer of Jewels of Elul.