Not walking in front of or behind me


“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
Walk beside me… just be my friend”
Albert Camus


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Niet voor of achter mij gaan

Albert Camus, Nobel prize winner, half-length ...

Albert Camus, Nobel prize winner, half-length portrait, seated at desk, facing left, smoking cigarette (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Further reading

  1. Stand Tall
  2. Fall in love with your best friend
  3. I was featured on my friends blog!
  4. Back in the Seattle Again*
  5. This one might go too far…
  6. Deactivating is hard to do
  7. Mature Decisions
  8. My Own Friend
  9. Signed, Your Friend.
  10. A Poem For a Friend
  11. Tuesday June 11, 2017
  12. unconditional love
  13. You Have What It Takes
  14. Affirmation 7/11/17

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Niet voor of achter mij gaan


“Ga niet voor me … ik zou niet kunnen volgen
Ga niet achter me … ik zou niet kunnen leiden
Loop langs me … wees gewoon mijn vriend “
– Albert Camus

English version / Engelse versie > Not walking in front of or behind me

Albert Camus, Nobel prize winner, half-length ...

Albert Camus, Nobel prize winner, half-length portrait, seated at desk, facing left, smoking cigarette (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Friendship born


“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Ontstaan van Vriendschap

English: Craigellachie Span The magestic Span ...

Craigellachie Span The magestic Span of the old Craigellachie bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Ontstaan van Vriendschap


“Vriendschap … ontstaat op het moment dat één man tegen een ander zegt:
” Wat! Jij ook? Ik dacht dat niemand behalve mijzelf … “
– C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

English version / Engelse versie > Friendship born

English: Craigellachie Span The magestic Span ...

Craigellachie Span The magestic Span of the old Craigellachie bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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If you want to know what a man’s like


“If you want to know what a man’s like,
take a good look at how he treats his inferiors,
not his equals.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Als je wilt weten hoe een man is

Author J.K. Rowling reads from Harry Potter an...

Author J.K. Rowling reads from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at the Easter Egg Roll at White House. Screenshot taken from official White House video. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Als je wilt weten hoe een man is


“Als je wilt weten hoe een man is,
kijk goed hoe hij zijn minderwaardige behandelt,
niet zijn gelijken.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter en de Goblet of Fire


English version / Engelse versie > If you want to know what a man’s like

Author J.K. Rowling reads from Harry Potter an...

Author J.K. Rowling reads from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at the Easter Egg Roll at White House. Screenshot taken from official White House video. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Verandering zijn die je wilt zien


“Wees de verandering die je in de wereld wilt zien.”
– Mahatma Gandhi


English version / Engelse versie > Being the change that you wish to see

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Being the change that you wish to see


“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
― Mahatma Gandhi


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Verandering zijn die je wilt zien

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2017 September – Upcoming Days of Awe

The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets), 21 September 2017, 1 Tishrei 5778, and ending with Yom Kippur, 30 September 2017 or 10 Tishrei 5778, are commonly known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or the Days of Repentance (High holidays). This is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur.  On Wednesday September we have Erev Rosh Hashanah, followed by the 1st and 2nd Rosh Hashjanah days and the Yamim Nora’im or Days of Awe closing on September 30 with Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement.

Starting the Hebrew Year 5778 we should seriously think about how we want to continue is this particular time where there is so much anxiety and where we can find in so many  places religious groups fighting against each other. Jews and Christians are already a few years under fire and now we curiously also find Buddhists fighting Muslim groups.

What was our reaction when we heard all that bad news about terrorism and fighting (so called) religious people? Did we dare to come up or defend those who were attacked for things they did not do or for which their religion was not guilty?

Gary Bowers questions

What is your level of insecurity over menacing events conjectured by some geopolitical and socioeconomic experts? Such as: the dysfunctional disintegration of the European Union that could cause a chain reaction melt-down of the entire European economy; collapse of the financial system in the United States linked to or independent of Europe’s demise; Iran launching a first nuclear strike to make good on its threat to wipe Israel from the face of the earth and the United States along with it; North Korea doing the same thing; Russia’s ominous intrusion into the Middle East, potentially taking on the United States should we do anything to oppose Russia’s real agenda for being there; an all-out conventional attack by a powerful Islamic coalition of nations against Israel; and other harbingers of man-made catastrophes and natural disasters. {Yom Kippur / With Or Without Atonement?}

These days we should take time to search our heart, look for how we want to approach our life but also the life of others, and draw close to God in preparation for the coming Day of Judgement, Rosh Hashanah, and Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.

We have all different ways of handling ourself and our way of life. We also are eager to look at others and often do not mind judging them or pointing with a finger at them.

According to vain Jewish tradition, God supposedly weighs every man’s work to determine who will be written in His books, who will live and die, who will have a good life or a bad life for the next year. The judgement is based on one’s works during the Days of Awe (e.g., repentance, prayer, obedience, acts of charity). The individual’s fate is then sealed on Yom Kippur.

But we should know that we all are already written in the book of life and death from the beginning of times. Also from the moment we are born we do have our own choice to make the right or the wrong decisions, all the time. Nothing is decided just in one day or in one week or in ten days.

Rabbi Mark Glickman

The Days of Awe encourage us not to get other people to take responsibility for their misdeeds, but rather to get each of us to take responsibility for our own. The emphasis isn’t on what they’ve done wrong; its on what you’ve done wrong. suggests:

During the upcoming Days of Awe, when you feel your finger starting to pop out and point at someone else – and pop out it surely will – then just bend that finger back so that it points at you. Focus your efforts not on what others have done to you, but on the ways you’ve fallen short and can improve in the future.

Check what you have done this last year, which past so fast. I am sure you, probably like me, wanted to do so many things and have to admit lots of things we wanted to have done are not done or we did not succeed to do. Let us do teshuva, to give tzedakah and to reflect on how we may improve ourselves. And let us consider how we can help others on that path to the Most High Elohim.

English: A Temani (Yemeni Jewish) style shofar...

A Temani (Yemeni Jewish) style shofar made from a horn of the greater kudu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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With best wishes to you, your family, and all klal Yisroel for a good, sweet, safe and healthy year, full of success spiritually and materially, with much nachas ruach, and a geula shlema for the coming year.

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Please come to read:

On the Virtue of a Bent Finger: A Challenge for the Days of Awe

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Preceding article

Elul Observances

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Additional reading

  1. Perhaps a little bit late, though not less well ment: Happy Rosh Hashanah
  2. From dust and breath into living beings
  3. Prophets making excuses

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Further reading

  1. What about Blowing the Esrog on Shavuos?
  2. Days of Awe
  3. A Sober Israel Experience
  4. Looking Back to Look Forward
  5. Day 1081: Days of Awe
  6. Elul Journey: A New Year Is Emerging 5775 – 11 More Days
  7. Rosh Hashanah’s Shout for Joy
  8. Comfort for a Traumatized Age
  9. Respite
  10. Elul: Month of Return and Renewal
  11. Days of Teshuva 2017
  12. Embracing Elul by Heather Rosenberg
  13. Melodies for the Days of Awe
  14. High Holy Days 2017: Finding Interfaith Community
  15. About this weekend: Selichot and cemetery service
  16. Yom Kippur / With Or Without Atonement?
  17. Hurricane Harvey & A Year of Prophetic Milestones (2017)

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You only live once


“You only live once,
but if you do it right, once is enough.”
Mae West


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Je leeft maar één keer

English: News photo of Mae West, likely candid...

News photo of Mae West, likely candid, taken by L.A. Times as part of news story. Reprinted in book High Exposure, “Found Photos from the Archives of the L.A. Times.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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