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On Today's Theme:
Today marks the first day of Rosh Hashanah (New Year) in the Jewish religion.
It is the "head of the year;" the start of the year 5769. This is a time of
reflection; a time of asking for and for granting forgiveness; a time
of G-d's judgment; and a celebration of His merciful goodness.
What a nice day for everyone to reflect on their transgressions
against their Maker, against their neighbor and against themselves.
What a good day for us all to go out and forgive someone who has
and then ask someone we've wronged to forgive us.
And what a magnificent day to submit to the Lord's will, while at
the same time rejoicing in the fact that no matter what we've
done wrong in our life, He is eager to forgive us, because He
holds us even that tenderly against His merciful heart.
In the afternoon on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Jewish tradition
includes going to flowing water and symbolically casting away
one's sins into the water. During this act, called the Tashlich,
several prayers are recited, including this portion of Micah.
Who is a G-d like you? Who pardons iniquity and overlooks the transgression
for the remnant of His heritage? He does not maintain His wrath forever, for He
desires kindness. He will once again show us mercy, He will suppress our iniquities.
You will cast their sins into the depths of the sea. Grant truth to Jacob, kindness
to Abraham, as you swore to our forefathers in days of old.
Micah 7: 18-20
The Stone Edition Tanach
The Calling of Samuel
One of the Torah readings of this first day of Rosh Hashanah is Hannah's
story in the Book of 1 Samuel. Hannah was childless, but her fervent
prayers were answered when, according to tradition, she conceived
Samuel on this holiday. She promised her precious child to the Lord,
then prayed the following hymn of praise:
My heart exults in Hashem, my pride has been raised through Hashem;
my mouth is opened wide against my antagonists,
for I rejoice in Your salvation.
There is none as holy as Hashem, for there is none besides You,
and there is no Rock like our God.
Do not abound in speaking with arrogance upon arrogance,
let not haughtiness come from your mouth;
For Hashem is the God of thoughts, and (men's) deeds are accounted by Him.
The bow of the mighty is broken,
while the foundering are girded with strength.
The sated ones are hired out for bread,
while the hungry ones cease to be so;
while the barren woman bears seven,
the one with many children becomes bereft.
Hashem brings death and gives life, He lowers to the grave and raises up.
Hashem impoverishes and makes rich, He humbles and He elevates.
He raises the needy from the dirt, from the trash heaps He lifts the destitute,
to seat (them) with nobles and to endow them with a seat of honor --
for Hashem's are the pillars of the earth, and upon them He set the world.
He guards the steps of his devout ones, but the wicked are stilled in
darkness; for not through strength does man prevail.
Hashem -- may those that contend with him be shattered,
let the heavens thunder against them.
May Hashem judge to the ends of the earth:
may He give power to his king and raise the pride of his anointed one.
1 Samuel 2: 1-10
The Stone Edition Tanach
The Last Word:
Everything can be done with joy.
Even remorse can be with joy.
Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Schneerson;
words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of Chabad.org
In meditating, sit with the dignity
of a king or queen, and stay
centered in this dignity as you
pass through the day.
The Buddha (c. 563 - c. 483 BC)