We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The evening of September 6, 2021 will launch the 5782th Jewish New Year.
The Hebrew word Rosh (ראש) means first/head/beginning and Hashanah (השנה) means the year. The root of the Hebrew word Shanah is both “repeat” and “change.” Rosh Hashanah constitutes an annual reminder of the need to enhance one’s behavior through a systematic study of moral values, learning from experience and avoiding past errors. Rosh Hashanah ushers-in the Ten Days of Repentance, which are concluded on Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement).
Humility. Rosh Hashanah is celebrated on the 6th day of Creation, when the first human-being, Adam, was created. Adam is the Hebrew word for a human-being (אדמ). Adam was created with humility before G-d. Adam strayed, the original sin, that we work to overcome with our learning the strength and humility to do what's right, regardless the temptation .
I think it’s very important that we think about what humility means and how we embody it as we walk into the High Holidays.
We are encouraged to enter humbly into the holidays as we stand before God and ourselves. But what does that mean?
It’s about dropping everything and anything that has to do with ego - pride, embarrassment, shame, jealousy, comparing myself to others and so much more. Humility is about standing in truth and that truth includes your strengths as well. It includes all of you. None of it is bad or good. But that truth reveals the parts of ourselves that may be getting in our own way. And we’re only able to see those things once we can humbly walk through them. And once we see them, well, that’s when the growth begins.
No one is watching your journey through the holidays. It is yours to have and experience. And it is between you, God (if God is a part of the equation for you), and yourself. Make the most of it.
Let’s walk humbly together into these coming days, vulnerable, open, and honest.
(I humbly borrowed most of the above from several wise ones.)
Very good. Some thinking to do. But then the last part: “And it is between you, God (if God is a part of the equation for you), and yourself.” Ruined thinking. If God is not part of it, there is no Rosh Hashanah. There is no anything.
It's important to roll back the heavy, perjorative Christological way these holidays are described in English.
1. The word translated as "repentance" simply means "return". We can see and return to G-d's conception of us after relinquishing self interest. These are 10 days of Return. Which includes clarity, regret, righting previous wrongs, and resolve for the future.
2. In Judaism confession is only between the sinner and G-d. It's about clarity not guilt.
3 Unlike Europe and North America, in their native setting of Israel these holidays.don't come in depressing autumn, but just before winter rains make the dead, dry summer landscape flourish again. So they are less about regret and guilt and more about focusing one's energies for life.
4. In Judaism G-d does not forgive sins against one's fellow until amends are made directly, including compensation and apology.