Our friends from Argentina, Leandro Katz and Matías Duek sent in the following contribution:
The High Holidays are coming and we have our opportunity to evaluate ourselves. What you think and what you say show how connected you are to the religion.
Take this test and read your results.
1) Your aunt who lives far from your house offers her house for the Rosh Hashana dinner. What do you do?
A) You say: “I don’t travel during Rosh Hashana”.
B) You say: “Why don’t you come home?”
C) You go on foot, it takes you 2 hours and then you go back home by taxi.
2) You are in the Synagogue and the Rabbi starts to blow the Shofar. What do you think?
A) Your senses sharpen and you are 100% connected.
B) Although you don’t know what you have to do, you relax and try to feel the Shofar sound.
C) You think: Gee! How long can he hold his breath?
3) At the Rosh Hashana dinner, your cousin starts to talk about sports. What do you do?
A) You say: “This is not a subject to discuss tonight”.
B) You use sports as a metaphor to share Torah words.
C) You join the conversation: “People say that Pete Sampras’s grandfather was a Jew.”
4) It’s 10 minutes before the end of Yom Kippur. What do you think?
A) I hope that in 10 minutes I will be sealed with a year of Torah and Mitzvot.
B) You try to take advantage of the last minutes but you get nervous when the cantor makes the prayer longer.
C) Yummy, pizza…
5) You are in the synagogue on Simchat Torah and everybody is dancing with the Torah. What do you think?
A) Clapping, maybe. Dancing, no way.
B) If my friends saw me dancing with the Rabbi…
C) Everything is cool, but the Torah is really heavy.
If most of your answers are (a)s:
You are on the correct path, but you need to realize that, sometimes, the best answer is a smile. You can share moments with your friends even if they are not on the same path. You still have hard work, but you will certainly find the necessary tools.
If most of your answers are (b)s:
You know where you came from and where you are going. You want to be part of both worlds. You realize that your task is hard and that happiness is the key to all yours doors.
If most answers are (c)s:
You are willing to participate and have kind feelings. Now you need to understand what you are doing. You internalized the concept “Naaseh be Nishma” (first do and then listen) this is the moment to pass to “Nishma” (listen).
Piece of advice: download torah shiurim to your MP3 player.