Should you get a promotion this year? A larger budget and expense account? Bigger challenges? Win the lottery?
We’ve been trumpeting the shofar every morning in synagogue to help us prepare for Rosh HaShanah (Jewish New Year which begins this year on Monday evening September 6, 2021). The day is called Yom Teruah (Day of the Shofar Blasts) in the Torah.
The shofar blasts of Elul, the month preceding Rosh HaShanah, are there to help us “wake up” and prepare for Rosh HaShanah which is also called the “Day of Judgement.”
The Almighty King of the Universe is evaluating us:
- What did we do with the blessings He showered us with this past year?
- How did we handle the challenges He sent us?
- How did we help advance God’s agenda in the world?
- What are our plans for the future?
These are the questions any ruler, leader or CEO would be asking his subjects, followers and employees each year. That’s how the king determines how best to help his servants achieve the goals he has set out for them. Perhaps the coach needs to make it a bit tougher on the player because the player was “coasting” and not rising to his or her potential. Maybe the boss needs to give her employee a promotion and increase his expense account because the employee showed how responsible and dedicated he was with the tools he was given last year.
Today, thanks to God, and to all of you, our wonderful Galilee Green Subscriber Family, we span the Globe!!! (we couldn’t fit Australia and New Zealand in the graphic)
In the last few weeks, like any business, we’ve been evaluating the results of our year at Galilee Green. How did we do according to our plan? (pretty close!) But most importantly, what did we do wrong that we need to change? How can we use our talents and resources (blessings) better this year to advance our goals? And now we are making a plan for next year. And there are lots of exciting new developments we will be telling you about soon.
This evaluation and planning process is obvious to any business owner. Why don’t we do this at the personal level?
Well the Torah demands it of us as individuals, families, communities and as a people. The cycle of the Hebrew calendar helps us go through this process, not just annually, but also monthly and even daily.
If God will be evaluating us in terms of our personal spiritual growth and our spiritual goals on Rosh HaShanah to determine our blessings and how He will relate to us in the coming year…. doesn’t it make sense that we should spend some quiet time over the next few days, to take personal stock and set our goals for the coming year?
Wishing you and all of your families blessings for a meaningful, happy, healthy, prosperous and sweet New Year!
Thank you all so much for helping us build Galilee Green into such a wonderful world-wide blessing. We are looking forward to working with all of you to accomplish so much more next year b’ezrat HaShem (with God’s help).
With blessings from the Galilee,