Rosh Hashanah: apples, pomegranate, and shofar
Ego or soul? which one do we want to be governed by? The concept of God as King is actually a discussion of our own choice.
Rosh HaShanah, the new year is a day of choice; a day when we are given the possibility of choosing again. This is an amazing thought. For so many of us, the days go by and we seem to have drifted into habits of thought, feeling and even actions, which on closer examination we may not in fact espouse.
So what does this new choice consist of, and how do we choose?
Do we choose to come back into the mode of compassion or giving which will bring us back to union with the Creator? Of course we do. So what makes this choice so difficult/ or so hard to uphold?
to an article by Rabbi baruch Shalom Ashlag who ex[plains the choice and how to take th leapr of fiath towards the Creator who then takes the giant steps towards us. But the choice is ours and the day of choice, Rosh hashanah!
May all of us be blessed with a sweet New Year, Shanah Tovah! Yedidah
Other talks for Rosh Hashanah can be found here
The language of Rosh Hashanah is derived from the Kabbalah
The Shofar, the sound of compassion
Changing our outlook on Rosh HaShanah
The shofar is the sound of compassion
People often approach the high holidays with some feelings of guilt or dread. Much of this is based on misinterpretations of classical texts. Rabbi Ashlag, by teaching us the spiritual roots of the language helps us correct these faulty ideas and discover how wrong we have been. This particularly apples to the festivals of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, transforming them from occasions dreaded, to festivals of happiness and joy.
The Talmud states that on Rosh Hashanah three books are opened: the book of the righteous, the book of the wicked and that of those in-between. In the language of the Kabbalah “a book” is a vehicle of consciousness, “life” is the affinity of form with the Life of all Lives, and the wicked is the will to receive for ourselves alone. Thus we see that the books that are opened are consciousnesses within us and the judgement is our own. Which choices will we make? Let us pray to the Creator that we may choose that which gives goodness to our fellow and is compassionate, writing our postive selves for life and sustenance and letting die our ego- orientated selfish desires.
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Other talks for Elul:
Forty days of love: From Elul to Yom Kippur
Enjoying the month of Elul
Shame is a precious feeling
Blowing the shofar, the sound of compassion
As the cycle of the new year starts anew, we start the tikkun of the Malchut again. Just as she came forth on the fourth day of creation so she comes forth again on the morning of Rosh Hashanah . But the light of Chochmah, with which she was endowed, is too strong for the souls, and there is a fear that if that light were to be left as it is, it would cause great suffering in the world, as we would receive it for ourselves alone. To avert this, and to balance the light , we invoke the light of loving kindness by blowing the shofar.
This action, conducted by Jews the world over, brings the light of Binah, the light of compassion into the world. Now, more than ever, the world needs the precious light of compassion.
May we merit to hear the sound of the shofar in love this year. Amen.
Listen to a class on the Zohar for Rosh Hashanah (35 minutes)
Blessings, compassion and connection with God are the true associations with Rosh HaShanah. It isn’t generally appreciated the extent to which the language of the Kabbalah has penetrated our prayers and traditions. As we learn the true meanings of the symbols of the New Year, we understand more clearly the meaning of the festival.
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When we take a fresh look at the symbols associated with the Jewish New Year according to the Kabbalah, we find judgement turns into compassion and fear and guilt turn into confidence in ourselves and in the future. listen here http://www.nehorapress.com/115470/audio-on-festivals