Prime Rehabilitation Services wishing you a happy new year. A year ahead of you is filled with health, happiness, and celebrations.
Below is an explanation of the meaning and significance of Rosh Hashanah.
Rosh Hashanah literally means “Head of the Year” and it is celebrated on the first and second days of the month of Tishrey, the first month of the Jewish calendar. Just like the head controls the body, our actions on Rosh Hashanah have a tremendous impact on the rest of the year. Rosh Hashanah starts a period of ten days called the ten days of atonement, culminating on the 10th day by Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. During this period everyone should review his behavior towards G-d and towards his family, peers, and his surroundings and ask for forgiveness for all sins, regardless of whether they were intentional or not, and pray for forgiveness. As we read in the Rosh Hashanah prayer book, each year on this day “all inhabitants of the world pass before G d like a flock of sheep,” and it is decreed in the heavenly court “who shall live, and who shall die … who shall be impoverished and who shall be enriched; who shall fall and who shall rise.” The verdict is given on the day of atonement. The holiday is celebrated for two days, which are days of prayer, a time to ask the Almighty to grant us a year of peace, prosperity, and blessing. In order that the prayers will reach G-d we blow the shofar (made of rams horn) to help pierce the gates to the sky.
But it is also a joyous holiday when we proclaim G d King of the Universe and have meals, in which we bless over the challah and over many fruits and eat them all dipped in honey so that the rest of the year will also be sweet.
The Kabbalists teach that the continued existence of the universe depends on G d’s desire for a world, a desire that is renewed when we accept G-d’s kingship anew each year on Rosh Hashanah.
Let G-d protect us all and bring peace, health, and happiness to this world.
Eli and Yaffa Liebermann, Founders