Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Coincidences and the Jewish New Year!

I don’t generally believe in coincidences, but… Yesterday, I wrote a post on ‘stuff’ - the fact that we accumulate such and what it all really boils down to in the end. Today, I received a card for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year from a very dear friend.

He sent it from the Chabad site. I played around the site for a little bit and then boom, I was hit in the face with these words “The Hebrew language has no word for "things," for "objects" or for "stuff." Even the words "physical" and "matter" are borrowed terms. It was from an article “The Adam Factor,” by Tzvi Freeman.

What was somewhat profound to me is that I was discussing an end and today is the beginning of Rosh Hashanah. It literally means ‘head of the year.’ This may seem odd to some, but you have to understand that we use the Lunar calendar in this regard. There are several beginnings with Rosh Hashanah. We read the torah from the beginning again. The story starts with Adam and Eve.

It is one of the several high holidays that Jewish people observe and is a very solemn holiday ending on Yom Kippur in which we repent for our sins, ask for forgiveness and that we should be written in the ‘Book of Life’ for the new year.

L'shanah tovah tikatev ve'techatem l’alter l'chayim tovim - "May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year, for good life immediately."

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