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The lesson is powerful: if we wish to live purposefully and meaningfully, we must not allow our mental, psychological, and emotional barriers to limit us.

Rabbi Allouche

“The year of breaking barriers.”

This is how this upcoming Jewish year, is being coined, among many Jewish circles across the world.

This idea stems from the Hebrew letters – Hey Tav Shin Peh – that represent the total number of 5780 years, from the creation of Adam and Eve, until this year’s holy day of Rosh Hashanah, which begins this evening. These Hebrew letters also stand for the Hebrew words – Tehe Shnat Peritza – which mean, may this year be a year of breaking barriers.

The lesson is powerful: if we wish to live purposefully and meaningfully, we must not allow our mental, psychological, and emotional barriers to limit us.

We may each have our own limitations, but we cannot be defined by them. We might possess a disease, but we are not the disease. A part of our body or mind may have been diagnosed as feeble or unhealthy, but our deepest core remains good, pure, Divine, and yes, limitless. We may not practice all of the mitzvahs that are soul so desires to practice, but we dare not sink in our comfort zones and accept our status quo as a fait-etabli.

During this year of “breaking barriers” G-d is calling upon us to come out of our own limits and believe that, for our limitless Jewish soul, “impossible is nothing,” as a shoe company once put it.

So here is a suggestion for this Rosh Hashanah:

Think of two or three particular ‘barriers’ in your life which are holding you back. Then, make a resolution to overcome them and the negative thoughts that they may be feeding you.

It may be as simple as making that telephone call that frightens you, changing that terrible habit, taking upon yourself a Mitzvah from affixing Mezuzot to Tefilin to Shabbat candle lighting, and making time for G-d and for your soul and its desire to pray, to learn Torah, and to do good.