Major Holidays


Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, translates to “Head of the Year,” emphasizing its pivotal role as the starting point for the annual cycle. In a symbolic reflection of the head’s control over the body, the actions taken on Rosh Hashanah hold profound significance, shaping the trajectory of the upcoming year. This holiday marks a period of divine judgment and review, when God assesses the behavior of all His subjects and determines their destinies for the approaching year.

But Rosh Hashanah is not only about personal reflection and divine judgment. It is a day when the Jewish community collectively and symbolically crowns God as the King of the Universe. This act of coronation is not merely a ceremonial gesture but a profound acknowledgment of God’s sovereignty and authority over all aspects of life. The coronation underscores the deep spiritual connection and commitment of the Jewish people to God, signifying the acceptance of God’s kingship anew each year.

The blowing of the Shofar during Rosh Hashanah serves as a proclamation, declaring God as our King and affirming our devoted allegiance to Him. Although characterized by judgment, Rosh Hashanah is also imbued with the immense love that God holds for His people.

As articulated in Rosh Hashanah prayers, the day unfolds with a celestial assessment, as “all inhabitants of the world pass before God like a flock of sheep.” Decrees are made in the heavenly court, outlining the destinies of individuals, including matters of life, death, prosperity, and adversity.

Beyond the solemnity of judgment, Rosh Hashanah is a day of prayer, offering an opportunity to beseech the Almighty for a year filled with peace, prosperity, and blessings. Despite its serious undertones, it is also a joyous occasion, marked by the proclamation of G‑d as the King of the Universe. According to Kabbalistic teachings, the continued existence of the universe hinges on God’s ongoing desire for a world, a desire that is renewed as we collectively accept His kingship afresh each year on Rosh Hashanah.


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