It’s happened to all of us.

It could have been something powerful that we read, a heart-stopping event that we witnessed, or a life altering experience that we lived through.

It could have lasted but a moment, or for several days.

It may have been a visit to our doctor and a stern warning about the state of our health. It could have been the death—or birth—of a loved one. Or, a final hideous act of abuse—or generosity—that was just too much to bear.

We cannot ignore our experience

Whatever the case, we cannot ignore our experience. Something deep within us metamorphosed and we are compelled to create change.

Change may be as minor as a slight modification of our schedule, or as huge as a complete overhaul in our career or family structure. But the change must be real.

This week, we feature a very short and inspirational video called The Book of Life, written, created and directed by the students of Tzohar Seminary in Pittsburg. The powerful story involves the discovery of a remarkable “book of life” that ultimately transforms the lives of those who found it.

Can you share with us any life transforming experience that changed the way you think or feel—or the way you live? Please share in the comment section below.

We pray that we be judged favorably

Because this is what the introspective mood of this holiday season is all about. As we pray that we be judged favorably, we are meant to use this opportunity to evaluate the state of our lives and discover a new awareness that propels us to positive growth.

Wishing you a transformative Rosh Hashanah and a new year in which you are written in the “Book of Life” for happiness and health, meaning and prosperity,

Chana Weisberg,

Editor, TJW