It’s Jewish New Year

IT’s Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. This is the time of year when Jews of all stripes, including the unaffiliated, flock to synagogue.

And in case you’re counting, this new year is no. 5775 in the Hebrew calendar.

Shana tova.

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2 thoughts on “It’s Jewish New Year

  1. In the Talmud tractate, it states that three books of account are opened on Rosh Hashanah, wherein the fate of the wicked, the righteous, and those of an intermediate class are recorded, all in preparation for Yom Kippur, the annual reminder of Judgement Day. Rosh Hashanah is a time for New Year resolutions, an effort to do better. DO better, or BE better?

    Are people judged on what the world expects of them? The world wants us to do things, whether that’s being active, thinking, investigating, remembering, earning a living, accumulating possessions or the money for them, having things (even having certain attitudes), having good health, having popularity. Schools, businesses, governments, societies, nations, everywhere considered of importance encourages us to do these things. For a nation, having oil, having land, territories, having allegiance, power.These worldly things create for each individual a role; create for each club, clan and nation, a role, an identity.

    If we are unsuccessful in these things our role appears negative, and we feel we are worthless people. We adopt that role.

    It is threatening to consider losing one’s identity, whether as an individual, or as part of a society. It is threatening whether that role is positive or negative. Yet this ‘identity’ isn’t who we are, it is still a role. Tragedy can destroy it, death does destroy it. It becomes things we have ‘done’ in the past, not who we are.

    Of course when we focus on who we ARE we don’t stop DOing things, but I think we then do them with a different awareness. I can’t imagine a Judgement Day where God is more interested in our worldly successes or failures, than in who we have become.

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