Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife (https://www.keshirahalev.com) offers eight questions to guide us in reflection as we wind down and look ahead to a new secular year. Inspired by the great teacher, Rabbi Shammai, who starts Hanukkah with eight candles lit and ends with just one candle, this ritual invites us to count down and release as we move toward (and embrace) the darkest part of the year.
8) What is something you're ready to leave behind this year?
7) What is something you have less of now than you did at the beginning of the year, that you're glad about?
6) What is a habit, practice, routine or belief that you have released this year?
5) What is an obligation that you were able to lay down this year? Is there something you are secretly glad you didn't have to do?
4) What is something you released that has given new life elsewhere?
3) What is something you're savoring from this past year that is likely to go away or end when this pandemic time is over?
2) With all you've let go of this past year, what has it made room for?
1) What has been the biggest blessing of this time? What do you want to take with you into the new year?
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