Yesterday, I met with my Rabbi to go over the fundamentals of Yom Kippur. I didn’t want to feel intimated walking into the sanctuary as I am not too familiar with the prayers of this particular holiday. We went over the prayers (one prayer lists sins alphabetically…my tragic sense of humor LOVES this!), discussed how people spend their fast and the concept of Teshuvah. Teshuvah is translated often as “repentance” but actually means “return”. Essentially to be fully repentant not only must you apologize to the person you have wronged (whether it’s another person or G-d) but when faced with a similar circumstance in the future, you need to make the conscious choice to handle things differently. This year my hope is that I kick down the negative cycles in my life and commit myself fully to proactive new ones. Despite Yom Kippur being a somber holiday, I think it is also an exciting one.