Rosh Hashanukah and all that stuff

Rosh Hashanukah and all that stuff

For those that like humor, if you haven't already, please read this.

While I had a great laugh at this, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and down the line to Simchat Torah, all have meaning, for me, in ways that I believe go beyond the common understanding. I'm still learning, and cannot claim to grasp the entire spiritual significance; however, I feel highly connected to this time of the year. Rosh Hashana, simply stated, is my reminder that, while I don't have control over most things, I do have control over my behavior. And my actions not only affect me and those in my circle, they also affect the universe in ways I cannot completely understand. I believe that while the universe is, without doubt, beyond comprehension; if we simplify it enough, we could describe it as a cosmic reflection of our actions.

I don't relate to Google's definition of Rosh Hashana. It does not actually translate to "New Year." “Rosh” means “head” indicating that Rosh Hashana is just the beginning.. the head of the year to come. Sounds similar, I know. But here's how I look at it: By analogy, if I plant an apple seed in the ground, it will slowly grow into an apple tree; and just in this way, if I plant the seed of love and kindness, with cultivation, the universe will grow in this way.

I look at this time, during Rosh Hashana, as my reminder, to be the kindness I want to see, to look for ways I can be more giving, accepting, and loving. And further, to work on being unceasingly conscious that my choices can never be for myself alone. I choose to be the kindness I want to see in the world.

And while Rosh Hashana serves as a kind of wake-up call, Yom Kippur becomes the vital time to work toward forgiving myself for instances in the past year, when I may not have behaved in this way.

L'shana Tova.