23 September 2011

Appropriate for Rosh Hashanah

24 Elul 5771

In six days, it will be Rosh Hashanah 5772.

On Rosh Hashanah, the whole world stands in judgment for the coming year. On Rosh Hashanah, both the totally righteous and the totally wicked receive their judgments. The rest of us, who can potentially go either way, the beinonim or "the ones in the middle," have the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to convince the Creator, Master and Judge of the World why He should let us live for another year. On Yom Kippur, the verdict is rendered and on Hoshanah Rabbah, the last day of Sukkot, it is sealed and sent.

Following is an interesting quote which is entirely appropriate for Rosh Hashanah, courtesy of the Global Disaster Watch website:

"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." (Lao Tzu)
Rosh Hashanah focuses on our repentance, on the need to change our evil ways, to turn around and go in the other direction. When it all comes down to it. It's all about which direction you are headed. No matter where you are on the path, are you moving toward Hashem or away from Him?

Think about it.