You can make the same old resolution (lose weight, exercise, save money, etc) or you could try something new.
For those readers who are considering a new New Year’s resolution, let me offer you some possibilities:
Try a new mitzvah on this year. What mitzvah have you thought about but never actually taken on? Commit to trying out a new mitzvah, and give it a year. Here are some examples:
- light Shabbat candles every week, or
- give tzedakah as a regular event, or
- study Torah regularly (maybe the weekly portion?)
- say the Shema every night at bedtime
- observe the Jewish holidays as completely as possible
Take a class. It doesn’t have to be a heavy subject! Learn to bake challah. Learn about the Jewish history of chocolate. Learn about Passover customs. See what your area synagogues and adult education programs are offering!
Read a book (or set a number of books.) It might be an ambitious commentary on Torah, but it might also be something a lot lighter. Some of my favorites:
- Israel is Real: An Obsessive Quest to Understand the Jewish Nation and its History by Rich Cohen
- On the Chocolate Trail by Deborah R. Prinz
- Tough Jews: Fathers, Sons, and Gangster Dreams by Rich Cohen
- Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean by Edward Kritzler
- As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg
Watch more Jewish films and discuss with friends
- The Infidel A British comedy
- The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg A sports documentary
- A Film Unfinished A documentary about a Nazi propaganda film, shot in the Warsaw ghetto.
- Waltz with Bashir An Israeli war documentary
- The Dybbuk A Yiddish Ghost Story
- The Frisco Kid A comedy about a rabbi in the American West
Are there other New Year’s resolutions you are considering to deepen or enhance your Jewish life? I invite you to share them with us in the comments!