On the Jewish calendar, we find ourselves in a very auspicious time; right before the High Holidays the Jewish New Year. It is a time when we take stock of the previous year, and make good resolutions for the year to come. The term in which refers to the Jewish New Year, is called Rosh Hashanah; the head of the year. What is so significant about it being termed the head as appose to the beginning of the year? What is the difference between beginning and head? The beginning is the start of something, anything, the beginning of a book, the beginning of the month, the beginning of the race, its relation to that which happens after is only due to the fact that it was the beginning, however it itself has no other consequential impact on the result or outcome. On the other hand when one refers to someone or something as the Head, its not just the beginning or the first, but rather it has a direct connection and influence to the entire proceedings. Just as a head, is not merely the top of the human body, but it is the actual head of the body. The brain, the emotions, life, all stems from the head; it is the control center of the body, so too is The Head of the Year. Rosh Hashanah, the Head of The Year, is its not just the beginning of a new calendar Year, or that time to go to Synagogue but rather, its our opportunity to ensure a very successful entire year. During the High Holidays we are not just judged for the coming year, of how successful we will be, our health, our relationships. It goes much deeper and is much more essential, it is our chance to reconnect to G-d, and rejuvenate ourselves for the year to come. To insure we will have the strength to overcome, to grow and succeed whatever is called upon us in the coming year, and that all starts with the head. As today is the 8th anniversary of 9/11, lets take a moment and remember all the victims that were murdered on that day, and in their merit lets hope for a coming year filled with only goodness and kindness, making this world a brighter and better place to live. Chabad Jewish Center of Gilbert, will be hosting services throughout the holidays. Check out our website for all the information, or give us a call at 480-310-2506. May G-d grant you a happy, healthy, sweet new year.
Moshe Leeds is rabbi at Chabad of Gilbert.