Tonight begins the celebration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. What is Rosh Hashanah? Simply stated, which is important for me, it is a day of new beginnings. It is a time for personal introspection, reflection and resolution. In addition to our daily prayer and reflection, Rosh Hashanah, no different than any other faith’s New Year reaffirms: God’s supremacy over our universe, God seeing and remembering all that we do and the blowing of the Shofar (Ram’s horn) to reaffirm our acceptance of God (whatever that means for you).
Blowing the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah is symbolic of many things. Some of them include: Remembering the anniversary of creation and God’s supreme nature, reaffirming our faith from Mt. Sinai that we will do whether or not we understand, we will be honest about our acts and intentions, we will be called to prayer and we will affirm our love for all people.
My prayer for you and those you love is that the New Year brings you strengthened faith, renewed hope, abundant willingness, vast open mindedness, increased patience and tolerance and unconditional love of yourself and others.
I pray that you will live in each moment and appreciate the joy that each breath may bring to you and you to others. I pray that you enjoy good health and dedicate yourself to your wellness and well being. I pray that you find gratitude for all you have and know that every day you awaken to is a great day. I pray that you be able to feed, clothe and house those you love. I pray that you express love to yourself and others daily. I pray that you find a God that works for you and let that God work in your life. I pray that you find peace, serenity and calm during rough seas in the year ahead. I pray that you be gentle within you when you encounter challenges that confront you. I pray that you find room in your heart to put others before you, knowing how much you will receive by giving. I pray for all this for you and so much more.
Above all else, I pray that all you wish for you and those you love come true in abundance and with God’s love and grace.
There is a famous story about an elderly sage named Rabbi Zusia. As he laid on his deathbed surrounded by his disciples and they wept, they implored, “you were almost as wise as Moses himself”, “You were almost as kind as our father Abraham” and so on. Yet, Reb Zusia would not be comforted. “When I pass from this world and appear before the Heavenly tribunal, he said, “they won’t ask me, ‘why weren’t you as wise as Moses or as kind as Abraham;’ rather they will ask me ‘why weren’t you Zusia!’ Why didn’t I fulfill my potential, why didn’t I follow the path that could have been mine?” On Rosh Hashanah, we confront our potential.
Happy New Year!
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Hugs and blessings for a joyous day!