Meditation: On bended knee we bow and give thanks... Our Tradition teaches us that one should be as gentle as a reed and strong like a cedar. Inevitably in life there are things that push us around. Without flexibility, we would surely break. But there must also be things that keep us standing straight. We call this integrity.

Practice: Stand facing a full-length mirror. Look at yourself, top to bottom. Who, or what, challenges your moral compass? In your mind, separate what you will and won’t bow to in your life. That which you can/will be flexible towards, bend your body at the waist and bow to it. That which you cannot bow to, stand up tall and face your reflection. How do you feel? What do you see?

Type of Custom: Aleinu

Holiday/Event: High Holidays

Source: Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center