Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah September 15, 2023

Rosh Hashanah made By Rebecca Keene Using Bing Image Creator
Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Jewish New Year. This year is Year 5784. We celebrate Rosh Hashanah on the date G-d created Adam and Eve. During this holiday we cast off that which no longer serves us, and we prepare for a good year ahead.

Rosh Hashanah: The Day of Judgement

A prayer for  Rosh Hashanah reminds us that on this day everyone passes before G-d. It is then decided who shall live, who shall die, who shall be impoverished, and who should be enriched.  Therefore, on this day we humble ourselves before G-d and ask for continued blessings and a year of peace. We accept G-d’s rule over the Earth, our people, and our lives anew. On this day we renew our covenant with our creator.  We remember that the creator is our G-d and we are his people.

Starting Anew

As we blow the Shofer and light the candles, let us decide to do better this year. Let us bring in light and cast off sin. Let us remember that Rosh Hashanah is a day of renewal. On Rosh Hashanah, we have a chance to start over and renew our covenant with the Creator. May we forgive ourselves as G-d forgives us, and may we walk into the new year determined to not commit the same sins again. May we strive toward perfection, even if the destination is unreachable.

The Sweetness of Rosh Hashanah

As we eat the sweet bread and apples dipped in honey, let us thank G-d for all the blessings of the past year and ask for a sweet year to come. Let us remember to savor every moment of the coming year.  May we find the sweetness in life, ourselves, and others. Sometimes, we get stuck on the bitter. We focus on life’s pains, other’s mistakes, and our own failures. Yet, this is a recipe for depression. Instead, this year may we remember the sweet honey in every moment and interaction.


As we stand near the flowing water and cast our sins in to be washed away, may we let our souls be washed clean. Let us remember to flow with the current of life, rather than fight it, this year. May we remember to cast off those things that are harmful to us and let them be swept away from us by the rushing waters of G-d’s peace. Holding onto things that G-d has told us we need to let go of, causes pain and robs us of our joy. We must surrender to and trust G-d to replace anything lost with that which is better.


As we look toward Yom Kippur, let us forgive ourselves and others for the trespasses of the last year. Let us start anew as a people, a community, and in our personal lives.  May we let the past be the past and build a better tomorrow.  As G-d forgives us, let us forgive our neighbors. Forgiveness is a gift for both the other person and ourselves.

Forgiveness does not mean that what the other did is okay. Rather, it means that we will no longer carry the pain of what they did and allow it to harm us. Also, it means we release them from carrying guilt and shame for the act, for the rest of their lives. G-d does not make us pay for eternity for our sins, as the Christian god does. Rather, he forgives us and lets us try to do better when we repent. We should give our neighbors the same opportunity to do better.

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About Rebecca Keene
The author, Rebecca Keene, has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Religion. She graduated from the University of Pikeville as Religion Honor Student in 2014. Currently, she is studying for a MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Also, Rebecca is the author of FAITH UNDER THE RAINBOW: RECLAIMING THE TRUTH ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY AND THE BIBLE.  In addition, she founded and independently runs the social media community, Reclaiming the Truth.  Therefore, you should visit Rebecca's author page and purchase her books at: Amazon Author Page or: Publication Page Rebecca is currently in her 3rd year of Kabbalah study. She is ordained to perform LGBT weddings and is certified in Hypnotherapy. Rebecca lives in Kentucky with her two adult children. She practices Non-Denominational Judaism. She is passionate about social justice and fiercely advocates for the marginalized in society and religion.  When not with her children or writing, Rebecca enjoys spending time in nature, with G-d, or in a good book.  She also enjoys making and selling art which you can find at Art by Rebecca. Author, Rebecca Keene,  is always happy to hear from readers. You may contact her through the Reclaiming the Truth page on Facebook, or you can email Rebecca will try to answer all correspondence, but please be patient, as life is busy for us all. You can read more about the author here.

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