Posted by: gruvenreuven | September 18, 2009

A new Energy Shana Tova

Shana TovaRosh Hashanah has the distinction of being the only Jewish Holiday that falls out on a new moon. Think about it for a second. Most of the Jewish Holiday come on the 15th of the Hebrew month when the moon is full. Even Shavous has its “roots” from a full moon being 50 days from Pesach.

So what is a new moon exactly? The moon cycle starts off as a little sliver then waxes to a full moon, there by it then wanes back to the new moon. For a brief period of time, at the point of being the new moon, the moon is not visible. Just as the moon is briefly hidden from us (but still there), from a Chassidus perspective, Rosh Hashanah is a period in which Hashem’s energy is briefly hidden (but still there). The sounding of the Shofar awakens a completely new spiritual energy that Hashem brings into this world for the coming year.

Our Heritage is also a lot like the moon, in that it too waxes and wanes. There have been periods throughout history where, as in the case of Shlomo ha’Melech, we were at our fullest. And periods like the Shoah where we were at our lowest.

5769 was a tumultuous year for us. Anti-Semitism on the rise. The global economy in a state of upheaval. Charitable institutions decimated by the likes of Bernie Madoff (yemach shmoy). The world being on the heals of a Swine flu pandemic. If that wasn’t enough, we can add being in a general general state of political uncertainty.

Personally it was an “interesting year” year for me for sure. As you are aware from reading my blog, we finally got to realize our goal of moving into a frum community. Of course this did not come without its financial hardship, stress & uncertainly.

5769 brought us out of our comfort zone, it made us re-evaluate our standing and hopefully reaffirmed our faith in Hashem that things will indeed get better.

As we hear the Shofar Sunday, may it shake us out of our spiritual slumber, reconnect us to our source, and recommit us to our divine mission in this world. May we as a people continue our waxing period which should lead to the coming of Moshiach speedily in our days.

K’sivah v’chasimah tovah!




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