On the last day of Hanukka I learned about the EIGHTH DAY and its power but I also found the lesson to be fitting for any day in any one of our lives.

We learned that the last day of the Chag was a powerful day- a day for blessings-giving them and receiving them-and once again similar to the end of Yom Kippur when we have that last chance to TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. BUT I don’t want to speak about that exactly but rather about ‘THAT’ on all the other days of the year.

Unfortunately, so many do not take responsibility but rather “pass the buck.” How can one expect to move on or rather grow in life if they do not admit and recognize their wrongdoings? Sadly those people do not truly move on. Perhaps they do through their delusion (and I am giving the benefit of the doubt here) proceed to live a life made up of many lies, white lies, untruths, manipulations and fabrications, delusional thoughts that could possibly lead to destruction in their life and those around them too.

TIKUN is a big word-in English it’s the meaning of: to fix or to repair. Quite a task to fix or repair what has been said or done in a wrong way. BUT in Judaism there is room for that task and much encouragement to DO IT. My Rabbi, Rabbi Yisroel Jungreis has always taught me about the big E for EFFORT and that in Judaism every little bit counts. Therefore, if you take baby steps toward the fixing or healing of a mistake and you have the correct intentions and are making the EFFORT have faith. You will get credit-from where it is most powerful. Also be assured that as far as judgement goes, this is a daily routine so why wait for Chagim to indulge.

Most importantly look into the MIRROR daily and reflect upon yourself and how you have behaved lately. At the end of the day, as I have been taught, before you sleep reflect on whether or not you have done your best on this day-and just focus in on the day. And. Yes. Take it one day at a time.

Forgive yourself for starters and forgiveness will come to you. Focus on being compassionate and loving, that is also for starters.

So much to do and infinite amounts to learn and I hope we are all blessed with time…….