This lovely sunburst of a flower is my way of introducing this essay, because I am “bursting” to share what happened during the 10 Days of Awe between Rosh Hoshana And Yom Kippor. My last posting was the day of the evening when the Jewish New Year began, and last night was the end of Yom Kippor and the 10 Days of Awe. This is the time when Jews contemplate their actions and which ones were appropriate and which ones missed their marks, and what changes we want to make in the coming year of 5779 on the Hebrew/Jewish calendar.

These 10 days are also when we are either written in the Book of Life or The Book of Death, so we are reminded to reflect on this last year and make amends. Rabbi Sarah said that we must act well up to the day before we die, and since we don’t know when that will be, we must act with caring, love and compassion every day, doing good deeds, helping our neighbors, etc. This can be heavy stuff, but by choosing to focus on the 3 tenets below, I think I can handle the heavy parts.:

That first night Rabbi Jeff spoke of the three main tenets of Judaism. This is what I remember:

  1.    Teshuvah- Returning to your soul/repentance
  2.     Tefilah- Prayer/contemplation
  3.     Tzedakah – Charity/caring

What the rabbi did was convert these into the universals concepts of:

  1. Direction
  2. Reflection
  3. Connection

Coincidentally, or not, since I do not believe in coincidences, during the 10 Days if Awe I purposely refrained from any blog postings so I could contemplate the direction I want to take that will make a difference in my life and the lives of those I connect with.

Basically, I want to do fewer blog posts and turn more to writing in other areas, specifically focusing on obtaining grants so my friend and writing colleague, Krista, can help others tell their stories of struggle and survival. Here is what I wrote to friends and family instead of a Jewish New Year card to explain:

Finally, Krista and I would like to help people write their stories of survival from difficult circumstances. Our first person is Cherie, a 92-year old “Holocaust refugee” whom I met in tai chi class. Her book, which she wrote and self-published 20 years ago, is no longer in print, but with Create Space, we can re-publish it and have it printed on demand (no inventory, so no additional costs to stockpile the books.) But we need to find a grant, so if you know of any grants, please let me know. Or if you know someone who has a story to tell, please feel free to give them my email for writing: We want to focus, for now, on people who are not survivors of the camps or convents, because many of those books are already in print. But for those who escaped Hitler’s ovens, their survival in the USA can be an inspiration to other refugees….

I also hope to earn money submitting essays to e-zines to help with doing the project above. I have a list of organizations that might have a grant division, so that is our first step, grant queries.

Therefore, I will be posting periodically on Menopause, but not 2 or 3 times per week, and perhaps only a couple of times per month, depending on what happens with our project. I will keep you posted and if any of my freelance writing is published, I will send the link(s).

I look forward to this new direction and hope you will stay tuned to any important developments, big or small…..

Thanx for reading me, ellensue


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