by Rabbi Aryeh Katzin

As Rosh Hashona approaches, we have high hopes, define our goals and make new year resolutions. 

But how to make our dreams a reality and not allow ourselves to be discouraged by challenges along the way? According to a study conducted by the University of Scranton, more then 80 percent of people fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions. 

It is easy to lose hope that positive change is possible.

My Rebbi used to say that we should celebrate Rosh Hashona, the Jewish New Year, in such a way that we absorb the energy of renewal and take it with us. Then, EVERY day of the year will feel like the first day of the year – like Rosh Hashona! 

Renewal is not a one time event. It is a process and a commitment to change. My Rebbi said that we should constantly renew ourselves and if there is something we should never change it is to always be changing and renewing ourselves! 

Wishing you all that the Jewish year of 5780 should be a year of inspiration and that you should feel renewed and energized to make each day better and sweeter for you and your loved ones!