Rosh HaShananah is the day in which all creation is judged. Its observance is a reminder that all of our strength and intelligence is itself only ours by grace of G-d. Stepping back from our daily efforts and exertions and focusing on prayer reminds us of the crucial importance of "syata d'shmaya" the help of heaven.
Focusing on bettering ourselves as human beings has a powerful effect on the effect we in turn have upon the world.
The recent turbulence of financial markets has reminded us all of the fragility of our prosperity and the limits of our insight. May G-d guide our elected leaders and financial decision makers to decisions that will benefit our country and the world. May the coming year be one of peace and prosperity.
It is always good to make time to focus on the Great Power beyond us, and that there is insight and vision beyond that of our individual wishes and prayers. Rosh Hashanah is such a biblically ordained time when we pray for the welfare or the world according to a text that is beyond our individual wisdom in its conception.
I wish my readers a sweet, good and prosperous New Year. With two days to reflect upon prayers too often rushed through, the words from the Aleynu prayer have special resonance.
|ואנחנו כורעים ומשתחוים ומודים |
לפני מלך מלכי המלכים הקדוש ברוך הוא
|But we bow down low in grateful acknowledgement |
before the king over the kings of kings, the Holy One, blessed be He.
|שהוא נוטה שמים ויסד ארץ |
ושכינת עזו בגבהי מרומים
ומושב יקרו בשמים ממעל
|For He spreads out the heavens and establishes the earth, |
and his majestic abode is in the sky above,
and his mighty dwelling place in the lofty heights
|הוא אלהינו אין עוד |
אמת מלכנו אפס זולתו
|He is our God; there is none else. |
He is truly our King; none is like Him.
|ככתוב בתורתו: וידעת היום והשבת אל לבבך, כי ה' הוא האלקים בשמים ממעל, ועל הארץ מתחת, אין עוד.||As it is written in His Torah, "Know this day and reflect on it, because the Eternal is our God in the sky above and the earth below. There is none else." (Deut. 4:39)|