Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown this evening, September 25 and ends at nightfall, Tuesday, September 27. Dip the apple in honey, hear the Shofar, and take in the awesomeness of the day.
On Rosh Hashanah, we celebrate the creation of the first human being; Adam. We are very familiar with G-d's call to Adam: "Where are you?"
This isn't just a story that took place many years ago. Rather, today too, we must understand that G-d asks each of us individually: "Where are you?"
Are you fulfilling the purpose for which I created you? Are you making this world a better place? Or are you, unfortunately, letting days, weeks, months and years go by, without any real growth or vitality?
This is the foundation of our faith; the belief that each one of us has it in his or her power, regardless of wealth or position, to turn the world into a better place, a force for good rather than evil.
Each year, when we celebrate Rosh Hashanah, we are reminded of our ability. Each year, Rosh Hashanah gives us a resurgence of the strength needed to fulfill these goals. This is a time for rejuvenation and commitment. A time to clarify our sense of purpose and fulfillment.
This is especially significant this year, as it is a Year of Hakhel - Gathering. During the Temple times, once every seven years, every man, woman and child, would gather to hear words of Torah read by the king to inspire them. Today we don't have a physical Temple, but the spiritual aspects of Hakhel very much apply. Indeed, each one of us can be "a king" in our surroundings, and inspire as many other "men, women, and children" as possible, to increase in acts of goodness and kindness.
May you and your loved ones be blessed with abundance of goodness, for a very happy and healthy sweet new year!
Rabbi Mendel Alperowitz Blog
Serving the spiritual needs of the South Dakota Jewish community. Based in Sioux Falls and travels the state.