The shofar, a ram’s horn, is blown as part of the Rosh Hashanah ritual. (AP)
Each year as the Jewish people gather together for the High Holiday season we prepare—each in our own way—for the messages we know we are about to receive. We know we will hear about teshuvah which is often translated as “repentance” but in fact means “turning.” Teshuvah is the great “turn” we are tasked with making in our lives, the pivot from sleep to consciousness, from indifference to empathy, from judgment to compassion. We will be tasked with altering our perspective, with confronting our own shortcomings and striving to become better people.