Posts Tagged ‘High Holidays’

BeliefNet: "10Q Tackles Repentance's Biggest Problem"

Friday, September 25th, 2009

It strikes me every year: the biggest problem with repentance is that it’s such an introspective process that there’s no accountability.

While many would point out that the penitent heart is judged by God, and that this is the entire point, we must face the fact that very few of us are expecting God to say, “Hey, remember last year when you promised to stop slandering people? Well, you didn’t.” But if someone were to record our promises to ourselves, flash freeze our repentance for a year, and send it back to us, would we be more or less likely to make promises to God and to ourselves?

10Q, an initiative of Reboot, …aims to help us define the areas where we desire improvement, and will basically remind us in a year of what we’d hoped to achieve.

BeliefNet: “10Q Tackles Repentance’s Biggest Problem”

Jewish Daily: "Rosh Hashanah, Times Square Style"

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

On a more introspective note, the PR Newswire electronic billboard in Times Square will be displaying 10 soul-searching questions during the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The 10Q project is the brainchild of British playwright Nicola Behrman and New Yorker writer Ben Greenman, and is an offshoot of REBOOT, an organization that promotes Jewish culture and spirituality. In addition to pondering the questions during their lunch breaks, New Yorkers are invited to submit their answers online, and receive them back via e-mail one year later. Talk about a timely reminder.

The Jewish Daily Forward: Rosh Hashanah, Times Square Style

Q4 in Times Square

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
Q4 in Times Square on the jumbotron

Q4 in Times Square on the jumbotron

Alef Next: "10Q for 10 days"

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

We’re currently in the midst of the ten days between the Jewish new year of Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. Like many of you, we at Alef know how easy it can be to slip back into default-mode during the High Holiday lull. Whether it’s work, school, friends, or life in general, it’s really f’ing hard to stay focused on what’s important during these ten days between the two most significant days of the Jewish religious calendar!

Enter Reboot and their latest initiative: 10Q.

Consisting of short, thought-provoking prompts, delivered to your inbox every day, 10Q poses the sort of “big picture” questions befitting this time of year. And, here’s the brilliant part: once you’ve answered the daily question emailed to you, all of your answers are saved for a full year, and emailed back to you during the next high holiday season, so you can see just how things have changed since you jotted down your responses; It’s sort of like a spiritual time capsule.

More here, Alef Next: “10Q for 10 days”

New York Times: "Ten Significant Questions for the Days of Awe"

Monday, September 21st, 2009

More great NYT covereage:

The organizers think people should feel free to get as heavy or keep it as light as they like. One of their favorite responses from last year to a question about an importantspiritual experience: “I lost God, and I’ve never been happier.”

More in the New York Times: Ten Significant Questions for the Days of Awe

NYT: "Atonement and Reflection in a Digital Era"

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Atonement is apparently hot these days: Serena Williams apologized on her blog for losing it with a line judge during the semifinals of the United States Open, and Kanye West expressed remorse to a priestlike Jay Leno.

But their examples are not why I asked Mr. Espada the question; I posed it to him because it’s one of 10 thought-provoking questions that Reboot, a Jewish nonprofit organization, is disseminating mostly via a Web site called

Read more of this excellent article, including answers to 10Q questions by several celebs, here – Susan Dominus for the New York Times: Atonement and Reflection in a Digital Era

Mediaite: "Do You 10Q? Times Square Does, Too!"

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

…participants respond personally to each of the questions at, and at the end of the ten-day question period the answers are sent to a secure, confidential online vault for safekeeping. One year later, participants will receive their answers via email and can be reminded of all those resolutions that they completely forgot about. Organize my closet? Really? Oops.

What’s cool about this…is how unusual a use of Times Square billboard space this is — rarely is such valuable advertising real estate commandeered for open-ended questions geared not for profit or consumption but introspection and self-actualization. It’s a far cry from the usual use of that space — and a far cry from the pace of Times Square, which is as frenetic as the average New Yorker’s life…

Mediaite: Do You 10Q? Times Square Does, Too!

10Q in Times Square!

Friday, September 18th, 2009
10Q on Times Square Jumbotron!

10Q on Times Square Jumbotron!

Tablet Mag: "Reflection 2.0"

Friday, September 18th, 2009

…10Q, at, [is] the brainchild of New Yorker editor Ben Greenman and filmmaker Nicola Behrman. The 10Q program is what the Days of Atonement might look like if they’d been invented today: an automated online system that coughs up a new, open-ended question and sends it out daily by email on each of the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. They’re like little missives of conscience from an all-knowing and unknowable source. Responses go into a form on the site, and at the end of Yom Kippur—when, according to the rabbinic texts, the gates of repentance have closed for another year—they vanish into a secure server, only to reappear in their owners’ email inboxes in a year’s time. In other words, it’s a psychological time capsule, in written form.

To read the article and a sample of questions and answers from last year’s 10Q batch: Tablet: Reflection 2.0

Flavorwire: "Exclusive Q&A: Ben Greenman Explains Why He’s Taking Over Times Square"

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Flavorpill: Can you explain the religious roots of the project?

Ben Greenman: I met co-creator Nicola Behrman at one of Reboot’s events; they try to pair people in different disciplines to work on projects. We were talking through some issues: technology; how people don’t really have space to think in the same way they used to; how that might be corrected. The initial version of 10Q evolved out of that.

The ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time to think about the year that passed, and let go of grudges — broadly speaking it’s the same kind of thing as the New Year. You put aside whatever bad things have happened. A lot of things about the secular New Year have become problematic. Because of parties, and, you know, our friend alcohol, we leave the reflection part out.

Flavorwire: Exclusive Q&A: Ben Greenman Explains Why He’s Taking Over Times Square