Image: Seven identical doors, all of them shut. Which will I choose? (quimono/pixabay)
News Flash: every Jew on the planet makes choices about which mitzvot, which commandments they will prioritize.
We each make choices about precisely how to observe those mitzvot. There are huge disagreements about nearly every one of the 613 commandments. Yes, even among those who call themselves Orthodox.
Every day, every Jew faces those choices anew.
So the question boils down to: (1) what do I choose? and perhaps (2) why?
Elul is a month when we consider our past choices and consider future choices.
Harvey Cox, a Christian theologian who married a Jew and raised their son as a Jew, once said, “Not to decide is to decide.”
What are my choices? What will I decide to choose?
If I don’t decide, what am I choosing?