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On Yom Kippur we can experience a spiritual high and transcendent inspiration, but how do we avoid the disappointing crash that may follow this extraordinary high? What can we do to keep the inspiration going for the rest of the year?

How to Cure the High Holiday Hangover

How to Cure the High Holiday Hangover

The right way to approach the Yom Kippur high.

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How to Cure the High Holiday Hangover: The right way to approach the Yom Kippur high.

On Yom Kippur we can experience a spiritual high and transcendent inspiration, but how do we avoid the disappointing crash that may follow this extraordinary high? What can we do to keep the inspiration going for the rest of the year?
Yom Kippur, High Holidays
Rabbi Shais Taub is a renowned speaker and noted scholar on Chassidic philosophy. He is the author of G-d of Our Understanding: Jewish Spirituality and Recovery from Addiction. He and his family make their home in Pittsburgh, PA.
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Devorah Western NY October 13, 2016

Still hungover: quick question Eveything you said was wonderful and uplifting and I will take away goodies from your talk. However, making my house be Torah, and making it an everyday think without taking it for granted as David asked, is this our doing? David asked this of the Lord. We, during our Yom Kippur, as the Priest does His thing for G-d's people, we are suppose to be -עָנָה- busy in such a way as to become completely distracted by our ahnah? Should I have been busy asking the Lord to do this for me as David is or should I have been busy planning my new year and how I will try and make it a new year and not like my last year which was full of moments I fell short or just down? Ahnah? What about the ahnah we are to have on this day, what's that? How do I keep my body from working and busy my soul to distraction if I don't know what to be distracted about? Sounds like I just take the little gift bag of goodies home from shul and let the Lord do the rest for me? Next year maybe I will understand better? Reply

M. D. Cordice Flushing, NY October 11, 2016

Oh my goodness! Thanks, Rabbi Taub I never imagined only Jewish mothers come home from an elegant evening with a "doggie" bag!! My mother always did (does) this. And, more....she kept (maybe still keeps (I'll have to ask her) a cooler in the trunk of her Mercedes!! (Well, well, well...yet another piece of evidence tending to prove mommy is a Jew!). May everyone have a sweet new year and be forgiven their sins. If I hurt anyone's feelings, please forgive me. ^.^ Reply

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