This evening marks the end of the year for millions of people. Tonight, Jewish people around the world will light candles as we welcome Rosh HaShana, the New Year on the Jewish calender. It is customary to greet others with: " Tova / vi- Tova." which means: "For a good year / You should be written and sealed in the good (Book of Life)."
In preparation for the holiday of ,
we ask forgiveness
from anyone we may have hurt, insulted, or wronged during the previous
year. With the New Year, we also welcome a clean slate.
So, I guess my write-up in last year's Book of Life was a
bit sketchy. Obviously, I was written in the Book of Life because, hey,
I'm still here but the timing of my diagnosis and beginning a journey
where I'm actually fighting for my life is inscrutable
and spiritually awakening. The Book is closing on the last year. I'm
being handed a clean slate... and what will be written on that slate is
still open for discussion. That's the situation for everyone. Same for
you and same for me. As the pages were thinning and we neared the end of
this year, my eyes were forced open. I'm sure I'm not alone in this
awakening. Surely the highly spiritual and blessed are able to embrace
this reality every year. I can only speak honestly and for myself when I
say this New Year is different from any other I've ever experienced. In the past I've
worried and prayed for many different things. This year I'll be praying for health. Good health for myself and every member of my family, and for my friends.
Leading up to Rosh HaShana,
is a time for introspection and self examination of the soul and
purpose. I want to be a kinder person and share and reflect the kindness that has been and is being shown to me. What can I change or how can I grow and be
better this year? It's a very "heavy" time.
mentioned that when I run, my mental state separates from my physical. I
enter a different mindset and a different place. I don't feel or hear
my feet or my stride and my thoughts are clearer and sounder. During the
few runs I've had since beginning this Cancer Survivor Journey, I've
thought a lot about how I'm going to greet cancer as a turning point.
How is this going to change my life and how am I going to change how my
life affects others, whether it be my closest circle or even beyond.
Last night, after the Sabbath, and almost erev/the eve of Rosh HaShana, I went out on a run. My thoughts swirled
around running together with as many people as I can gather or convince
to agree to joining me... I've focused on the upcoming Jerusalem race in
March which includes a full marathon, half marathon, or 10K. Many
friends and family members have already agreed to walk or run with me.
It's my dream to do it together with a charity to raise money for
women and their families affected by cancer. I'd like to do this as a
Cancer Survivor. I want to bring relief to families who are struggling
through Cancer and I want to do it hand in hand with people affected by
the disease... Survivors and their supporters. AND, I want those who
lost a loved-one in the fight against Cancer to be able to participate
in honor and in memory of their loved-ones. Having this goal is giving
me so much energy and pleasure. Perhaps this isn't the most Orthodox
vision for a New Year however, I hope I'll be able to pull it off. I
hope so many of you will join me and celebrate and support Cancer
Survivors and bring even more awareness to everything and everyone involved.
health is my new focus. It's not a simple cliche. Without health we
have nothing. The greatest gift is the gift of life, and health. I wish
every reader, every friend, every family member the gift of a clean slate
filled with good health for the coming year! L'Refuah Shleimah kol Cholei Yisroel!
Shanah tova u'metuka! A good and sweet year to all!