The Book of Genesis tells us that God, after working for six days, completing the heavens and the earth and all that was in them, looked at the brand new world and declared: “It was very good” והנה טוב מאוד (Genesis, 1:31).
Actually, in tradition, Creation began several days before Rosh Ha’Shana, but it was on this day, the first of Tishrei, that God created Adam and Eve.
The Torah’s words can be understood as both a prayer and a sacred teaching: This world may not be perfect, but it has infinite value. Though it was born with blemishes and shortcomings, do not forget that it can be very good. It is our responsibility to find the good and to help it grow.
And so, Rosh Ha’Shana, the Jewish New Year, is not only our annual celebration of the birth of the world, it is also the holiday on which we renew our commitment to see and nurture the goodness in ourselves and in the rest of Creation. It is the sacred time our tradition gives us to acknowledge our achievements and regret our mistakes, to express gratitude for the good in our lives and extend our apologies to those we have hurt, to forgive ourselves for our imperfections and accept our limitations.
The High Holy Days, which are quickly approaching, are the most introspective of all Jewish holidays. Their purpose is to turn us away from what has been in order to focus on what can be.
May this new year bring fresh opportunities, meaningful moments and lots of joy to all of us.
Looking forward to spending the new 5777 year with you,
Posted on Mon, September 26, 2016
by Yuri Hronsky