Shana Tovah (2015)


With an anxious heart this year, echoing words by Ishay Rosen-Zvi on FB about Rosh Ha’Shanah concerning the tension that marks the day, a day in which the world stands in judgment, in which human life hangs on the edge between life and death, on the one hand, and the good and sweet year we wish each other and want for the world, on the other hand.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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2 Responses to Shana Tovah (2015)

  1. mel scult says:

    A Rosh Hashannah Thought

    From Mel Scult.

    Let us begin by remembering that the spiritual always points toward the unity of things not their division. Judaism helps us to work from a higher perspective. To celebrate the creation of the world, as we do on Rosh Hashannah, is to see ourselves as an integral part of all that is and not to see ourselves as the measure of all things. The egotistical , self-centered part of our mind, the evil urge if you will, always leads us to experience our separateness from the natural world. When we see ourselves as part of creation, born primarily to tend the Garden and nurture it than we will be acting out of our higher selves.

    Rosh Hashannah is a call to reintegrate ourselves into the natural world and to do our part to preserve the universe out of which we come.

    A word from Nahman of Bratslav. ” The world was created only for the sake of the choice and the choosing one. We as masters of choice should say; The whole world has been created for my sake. Therefore, I shall take care at every time and in every place to redeem the world and fill its want.”

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