Tonight, the 25th of September, 2022, starts Rosh Hashanah this evening with sunset. Celebrations and observances will continue on for ten days, culminating in Yom Kippur. In the Jewish calendar these are High Holy Days, the “Days of Awe.”
This Rosh Hashanah is a New Year and marks the year 5783 in the Jewish calendar…
Now is the time for turning.
The leaves are beginning to turn
from green to red and orange.
The birds are beginning to turn and
are heading once more toward the South.
The animals are beginning to
turn to storing their food for the winter.
For leaves, birds, and animals
turning comes instinctively.
But for us turning does not come so easily.
It takes and an act of will for us to make
a turn. It means breaking with old habits.
It means admitting that we have
been wrong; and this is never easy.
It means losing face; it means starting
all over again; and this is always painful.
It means saying: I am sorry.
It means recognizing that we have
the ability to change. These things
are hard to do.
But unless we turn, we will be trapped
forever in yesterday’s ways.
God, help us to turn – from callousness
to sensitivity, from hostility to love, from pettiness
to purpose, from envy to contentment, from
carelessness to discipline, from fear to faith.
Turn us around, O God, and bring us
back toward You. Revive our lives,
as at the beginning.
And turn us toward each other, God,
for in isolation there is no life.
“On Turning” Rabbi Jack Riemer
So, to all my Jewish friends, and, well, to everyone, L’shana tovah u’metukah!
May you merit many years, tizku l’shaneem rabot!