Rosh Hashanah Radio: Inspiration for All

Posted on September 29, 2011

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While you are reading this I am, most likely, in a suit and tie (a truly rare and wonderous occurrence) at a temple observing the holiday of Rosh Hashanah which is the start of the Jewish New Year.

But alas, there is no champagne, confetti and the only balls dropping in Times Square are made of Matzo.

No, the craziest we get is apples and honey which signify a sweet and healthy new year.

In Judaism, we welcome a new year with the High Holy Days, a ten-day period when we are called to contemplate what we’ve done in the past year and atone for our sins with the goal of being inscribed in the book of life for another year of health and happiness.

Of course, for the last few days, all I’ve been able to think was, “there has to be a blog post in there somewhere right?”

I found my inspiration at Aish.com, which claims to be “the world’s largest Jewish content website,” in an article titled “Identifying Your Life’s Mission: This Rosh Hashanah, electrify your life with purpose.”

Wow! A post with a longer title than the ones I come up with and a great message to boot.

Author Sara Yoheved Rigler explains that in order to accurately assess what you did well and what you did wrong over the past year it’s important to understand your mission.

According to Rigler, “Judaism asserts that every soul comes into this world charged with a unique, positive purpose.”

She also quotes a 16th Century Scholar who said, “No one has ever or will ever come into this world with the exact same mission as yours.  The light you are meant to shine into the world is yours alone, as individual as your fingerprint, as personal as your voiceprint.”

That’s a great life lesson but it’s also an interesting way to think about your show.

Take some time — let’s say the next ten days — to consider a few questions:

  1. If every radio show has a unique, positive purpose what is yours?
  2. What are the characteristics of your show that make it, “as individual as your fingerprint, as personal as your voiceprint”?
  3. Now, keeping your answers to questions 1 and 2 in mind, what did you do well this year and what could you have done better?

If you want some help working through these questions consider starting the new year by hiring what has to be one of the only jewish mechanics you’ll ever meet.

L’Shana Tovah (Happy New Year)

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