High Holidays

During Days of Awe, reflect in more than 140 characters

The 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a traditional period of reflection. But that ritual is often lost in an era where much reflection happens publicly in 140 characters or less.

Reboot’s 10Q, a national project that asks people to answer a question a day online for 10 days during the High Holidays in September, offers a modern way for Jews and people of all backgrounds to slow down and reflect about their lives beyond a status update or a tweet.

The questions from 10Q (www. doyou10Q.com) start Sept. 4. They are not religious in nature but are about life, goals, the future, relationships and your place in the world. The answers, which remain private unless you choose to share them, are sent into a digital vault at the end of the process and returned to you a year later, when you can begin the experience again. “There’s something very beautiful about getting an opportunity to visit with your last year’s self year after year after year,” says screenwriter Nicola Berhman, one of the creators of 10Q.

The project was founded in 2008 by Reboot, a Jewish cultural organization that seeks to re-imagine Jewish rituals and traditions, along with Behrman, New Yorker editor Ben Greenman and Reboot Associate Director Amelia Klein.