Rav Avigdor Miller on Preparing For Selichos

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Q: 
How should one prepare for the ימים נוראים?

A:
Every Monday and Thursday we say נחשפה דרכינו ונחקרה – “We will search out our ways and investigate.” But nobody does it. So the first step is to fulfill what you’ve been saying your whole life. Let’s begin searching out our ways and looking into our behavior. Did anybody here ever stop for three minutes straight and think about his ways?! So you see, people are just saying words that they don’t even think about. And they’re not insincere. And they’re not dishonest people. They just don’t know what they’re saying. They don’t know what they’re talking about.

So the first step is to נחפשה דרכינו – to search out our ways. It’s very important to spend a few moments thinking about yourself. Even if you’re a good man, you’ll find a lot of room to improve. And I’m being generous when I say that.

Make some time for yourself. Don’t wait for it to happen by itself. You have to set aside a few minutes, at least two or three minutes, to think about improving your עבודת השם. Saying Selichos is wonderful. It’s wonderful. But you’re going to have to do much more than that to prepare for Rosh Hashana. Much more than that. Absolutely. And if you sincerely want to prepare, you’ll spend as much time as you can searching out your ways. And listening to me say it is not enough. You have to go home and do it. Nobody else is going to help you. Nobody cares about you more than you do. So get busy helping yourself. And you’ll discover many very things that you didn’t even dream about. If you search, you’ll find. And then you can begin the process of making a new person out of yourself.

TAPE # 834