The new year that comes in January is mostly celebrated with parties and champagne, while resolutions are an afterthought. But Rosh Hashanah puts resolutions front-and-center- the holiday focuses on getting rid of bad habits and replacing them with better ones.
Here are some Rosh Hashanah resolutions from around Chicago:
"My resolution for Rosh Hashanah is to face myself honestly and with loving acceptance, and to be authentic in all of my interactions. It is an ongoing process, and I have made significant progress to that end, but I know I have more work to do."
"Resolution: To set aside at least 15 minutes every day for traditional daily prayer, and to introduce prayer to my children at shul ."
"My resolution is to shed 40 lbs. through diet and exercise. Go big or go home! My hope for 5780 is that there will be peace and sanity in the Middle East... L'Shanah tovah."
"My hope for the New Year is that I can spend every day enjoying the present- time is flying way too fast!!"
Brooke Cader Herzage
"In the new year I'd like to remember to put on my tefillin more often. I've gotten pretty good, but on some especially busy days I'll remember at night that I forgot to put on my tefillin that day. There are some mitzvot that don't come easy for me but putting on tefillin is eminently doable."
"I resolve to keep working actively for the environment and critical habitats that support us, our children, and our fellow creatures on God's planet. I pray that our country will regain its leadership role on climate and environment in the year to come."
"My hope for this new year is as follows: That no matter our financial background, our social position, our apparent privileges or our dissociation from reality, we don't forget where we come from and that we are all one. When one hurts, we all hurt; when one is discriminated upon, we are all discriminated upon; when one is shunned, we are all shunned. Until we see ourselves in others and understand that the other's best interest is our best interest, we will continue to live in cognitive dissonance, exacerbating our differences."
"I wish that, with starting high school, to meet new kids and make more friends!"
Juliette Leder, 12
"I wish that everyone would care for each other. That the world would be a better place. And that everyone would try to give food to the homeless, and evil people stop being mean."
Ethan Leder, 8
~Compiled by Paul Wieder