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True inspiration is not dependent on outside events, but rather on us, and our deeds. When we do good -- even if we feel unmotivated -- we become inspired. When we come out of our comfort-zones and engage in actions of kindness -- even when we are "not in the mood" - our souls are set ablaze.

Rabbi Allouche

“I feel uninspired.”

Every now and then we experience these words, which fill us with feelings of sadness and despair. We then embark on a journey, searching for meaning and purpose. We google the word “inspiration,” watch endless videos on the meaning of life, visit with Rabbis, life-coaches, and therapist, and sometimes, we even pay hefty sums to attend seminars on wellness and happiness.

Alas, the positive effect of these actions, seldom last, and we quickly sink back to our lowly modus operandi.

The reason for this all-too-common phenomenon is simple:

Inspiration, many think, comes from without. If we listen to our favorite song, hear a good speech, and watch a stimulating movie, we will feel good and get “inspired.”

Yet, Judaism disagrees. True inspiration is not dependent on outside events, but rather on us, and our deeds. When we do good — even if we feel unmotivated — we become inspired. When we come out of our comfort-zones and engage in actions of kindness — even when we are “not in the mood” – our souls are set ablaze.

So, on this Rosh Hashanah, as we will gather together to celebrate, pray, meditate and return to our true, soulful selves, let us focus on our deeds, and add a Mitzvah to our daily lives; from wearing Tefillin to affixing Mezuzahs on our doorposts, from lighting Shabbat candles to eating Kosher; from repairing a relationship to forging a new, and impactful one. 

Just a few hours ago, our community announced the establishment of a new Mitzvah Bank which is seeking to gather 2000 Mitzvahs until our beloved Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz’s first yahrzeit. So, I implore upon you, begin the year with a new Mitzvah, and add it to our bank by emailing it here: MitzvahForRavAdin@BethTefillahAZ.org

Instead of waiting for meaning to come to us, let us live meaningfully, with deeds of goodness. Instead of waiting for inspiration to magically appear, let us live a life that inspires others, by doing good, for goodness sake.

Life is too short to spend it on “waiting to feel inspired.” In the brilliant words of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe: “If we wait until we find the meaning of life, will there be enough life left to live meaningfully?”

With many blessings for a Shana Tova u’metuka, a good, sweet, healthy, happy year,  with the sweetness of Hashem’s blessings felt in every area.

Shana Tova u’metuka, Shabbat shalom, and many, many blessings,Rabbi Allouche