Shimon Apisdorf is an Orthodox Rabbi based in Baltimore. While I don’t always agree with him on theological or political matters, he really, really, really gets the High Holy Days. His wonderful book, The Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur Survival Kit, should be on every Jew’s bookshelf — and in a lot of ways, it should be on the bookshelf of anyone, Jew or not, who cares about having a rewarding spiritual life. As we move into the Yamim Noraim, I thought I would post his very insightful “Questions for a Meaningful Life,” written to be pondered on Rosh Hashanah — and really, all year.
We wish everyone a Shana Tovah U’metuka.
Questions for a Meaningful Life
1. When do I feel that my life is most meaningful?
2. Those who mean the most to me — have I ever told them how I feel?
3. Are there any ideasl I would be willing to die for?
4. If I could live my life over, would I change anything?
5. What would bring me more happiness than anything in the world?
6. What are my three most significant achievements since last Rosh Hashanah?
7. What are my three biggest mistakes since last Rosh Hashanah?
8. What project or goal, if left undone, will I most regret next Rosh Hashanah?
9. If I knew I couldn’t fail, what would I undertake to accomplish in life?
10. What are my three major goals in life? What am I doing to achieve them? What practical steps can I take in the next two months towards these goals?
11. If I could only give my children three pieces of advice, what would they be?