The Psalmists wrote, "Teach us to number our days, that we may attain a heart of wisdom.”
The moment we’re born the counting begins. 7lbs, 2 ounces, 21 inches. A week, a month, slept through the night.. 5 hours. A year. First grade.. second… sixth and first graduation! Thirteen - Mitzvah time. 16 - driving time.1 8.. College time. Work and profession time.
So much of our lives are spent counting. It’s how we measure not only time but ourselves and our lives. Judaism presents a dramatically different approach to counting or measuring our lives not based on numbers or the passage of time. It is an accounting instead of our thoughts, words, and behavior. Indeed, an accounting of our souls. During this month of Elul we’re implored to examine not our financial well-being or possessions, but our inner lives, our deepest hopes, and dreams. Where have we succeeded and where have fallen short of our own expectations?
Yes, our outer lives are structured by time and numbers, but our inner lives are who we truly are. When we hear the sounds of the Shofar this Rosh Hashana, May we be ready to listen fully to our inner thoughts and take them to heart so that in this new year we each find our heart of wisdom.