Welcome to the short, practical
Lelamed Weekly Dvar, bought to you commercial-free weekly. For those
keeping track, I'd like to announce that I'm officially a father, as of
Rosh Hashana. I highly recommend having a child born on Rosh Hashana! So
that means that our list of weekly subscribers officially grew to 15,001
(yes, he already has an Email). Anyway, this Dvar comes courtesy of Rabbi
Shraga Simmons. Enjoy...
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As Yom Kippur nears, one might be thinking, "But I'm so far away from
G-d. I don't even know where to start. I'll never be able to change. It's
not even worth trying." Nonsense! G-d knows it's not realistic to change
everything overnight. And in fact, he might well advise against it. The
contemporary leader of Torah Jewry, the 94-year-old Rabbi Eliezer Shach
(of Bnei Brak, Israel), revealed his own method of doing Teshuva on Yom
Kippur: He selects one small, specific improvement, and commits to doing
that for SIX MONTHS! (For example, one year he committed to say a certain
prayer while reading it from the prayer book.) One small resolution from
one of the greatest Rabbis!
We're all familiar with the cliché of "New Year's Resolutions." Most
people don't take them seriously, because in all likelihood they'll be
broken by the time the hangover wears off. The reason is because they are
too broad, too sweeping, too impractical. If we have a larger goal, it's
better to break it down into smaller, incremental steps. That way you can
measure your progress, and re-evaluate along the way.