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November 18, 2017 | ‎כ״ט במרחשון ה׳תשע״ח‎

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Blessings for the New Year

Blessings for the New Year

Rosh Hashanah, which literally translates to “Head of the Year,” is often referred to as the “Jewish New Year.”

But if you look at the Jewish Calendar, you’ll notice that it is celebrated on the seventh month of our year.

Why?

On this day, we are not commemorating the creation of the Jewish people. Instead, we are celebrating the creation of the whole world.

We are celebrating the beginning of time as it is experienced today (the year is 5777 on the Jewish calendar). In my learnings, I discovered that before 5777, time didn’t exist because it wasn’t “experienced” in terms of basic physics.

The Jewish Calendar is lunar, but we believe that time is cyclical. In each cycle, the same “energy” or potential exists presently. This is why the time of Chanukah is a time of miracles and Pesach a time of redemption.

We are not commemorating something that happened in the past. No, we are using the knowledge of what happened previously to help us tap into the potential energy that is residing in the world right now.

Rosh Hashanah is a time to become everything that you know you can be. This is the time to renew, to let go of petty grudges, to commit yourself to being better, to heal and reconnect. And most of all, to be happy.

Our sages tell us that what we do during the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will plant a seed that will grow into our entire year. So let go of your guilt and do away with everything that is holding you back.

Try to tap into this incredible energy of creation and use it to propel everything that you do over the coming days.

I want to wish you and the whole world an incredible birthday and New Year. We are all separate parts of the whole miracle of creation. We’re unique yet completely connected.

I hope that this year brings you internal peace, and you can extend that peace to everyone that you meet. I hope that this year brings you clarity and personal growth, and that you can use this to become everything that you have ever dared to dream.

I hope that you are always able to keep the big picture close to your heart, and that you never feel disconnected or lost. I hope that you can bring beauty and light into this world in your own individual way, and share it with those around you.

May this year bring you more love and happiness than you ever hoped was possible, and may you supersede that every day because your heart just keeps growing more and more.

I can’t wait to see what the New Year will bring for all of us.