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The upcoming Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana

This is an article by Rabbi Bernstein Moshe. This time, we will discuss the upcoming Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana.


Why No Parties Are Celebrated on Rosh Hashanah?


Rosh Hashanah is one of the most important holidays (Sept. 16-17) . It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, and a day of judgment and coronation of G‑d as king. On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the universe undergoes a kind of reset, where the energy of life is reduced to a minimal state. Mankind and all creatures in the world are judged by Heaven on this day. This is why we don't celebrate this holiday with extroverted parties. When there is judgment, it's a time of fear. However, there is a joyous aspect on that holiday, as this is a time of accepting the kingship of Hashem.


Rosh Hashanah is a profound and significant moment in which the universe and time itself are renewed. It's a time for introspection and the coronation of the king of kings. It encourages individuals to let go of their ego and open up to the coronation associated with this holiday.


This day marks the beginning of the High Holy Days. It is a time of reflection, repentance, and self-renewal. It's a time when a new cycle of creation and renewal begins. On this holiday, the entire year's abundance is given to the whole creation and each creature as well. The renewed individual bond of our soul happens with the king’s coronation.


A key subject associated with Rosh Hashanah is to "make yourself small." This means humbling oneself and recognizing that there is something greater and more significant than one's own ego or desires. By doing so, one can open up to the unlimited and connect with G-d. The Zohar says: Make yourself big, and you can’t contain anything; make yourself small, and you can contain the unlimited.


For every Noahide, man, and woman, this day has a huge significance. Therefore, making proactive decisions regarding adding to the observance of the 7 commandments could benefit the entire year.


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