Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv Yisrael Meir Lau, sat down with Arutz Sheva on Tuesday to offer holiday greetings and a spiritual message before the start of Yom Kippur.
"We are now a day before the most holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur," Rabbi Lau said, in an address to "our brothers and sisters abroad."
"We are asking for many things," he continued. "First of all we must think about ourselves…how was I last year and what are my plans for the coming year. Everyone wants to make a progress, to go forwards, to succeed, to be happy."
"We want to be better and we want and hope to have a better year," Rabbi Lau added. "It depends a lot mainly on ourselves. If we do the first step, the Lord Almighty will do the rest. But we have to start."
When thinking about ourselves, Rabbi Lau noted, we must be reminded of our past and our Jewish heritage, for "without that past, there is no future…and without the Jewish heritage we wouldn't survive."
Concluding, Rabbi Lau noted that a Jew's approach to Yom Kippur should be happiness tinted with fear, or at least worry.
"We have to worry about ourselves, about our behavior, but we have to be happy because of our hope, hope and good future, hope and favor of the Lord that he will forgive us for the sins we made and that He will lead us in the correct way in the future."