#BlogElul Day 22: End

A Land which The eyes of Hashem your God always [oversee], from the beginning of the year to year’s end.

Always includes “from start to finish”. There is no part of always that doesn’t subsume from beginning to end.

Divine Favor is always there, but all the more so at the beginning (Tishrei) and the end. (Elul)

From last year’s post, worth repeating:

There is something special, defining, about how something ENDS.
According to Daniel Kahneman’s research, which appears in his amazing recommendation-worthy book “Thinking Fast and Slow”, it is not the totality of an experience that is maintained in one’s real memory; it is rather an experience’s most intense moment and its conclusion that define how the memory will be formed.

We often focus on making things go well. That’s good. We should also focus, within that attempt, to make something END well in particular. This includes every day, which is why the pre-sleep hour should be planned well. Not having one’s smart phone for the last hour of one’s waking hours would be a great start. Of course, there’s Shema and the entire service of Krias Shema al haMita which works. Etc. You get the point.

This is also true of the end of any event:

* The end of Shacharis
* The end of dinner
* The end of a school day
* The end of a vacation
* The end of Shabbos

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