New Year's Message: The Head of Change

Tonight is Rosh Hashanah, known widely as the Jewish New Year.

Many assume that Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the creation of the universe. Or the beginning of the calendar year. But it marks neither.

In fact Rosh Hashanah, which literally means “head of the year” or more specifically “head of the change” marks the day on which G-d, after creating the heavens and earth and all therein, created Adam and Chava - humankind. 

We human beings are the pinnacle of creation, the purpose for the existence of the world, and the means by which it - and indeed G-d - reaches its true potential. 

This day then changed a house into a home. An infinitesimal drop in the cosmic sea of existence into the epicenter of reality. Through the human being, and our unique ability to choose and fail, G-d created the ultimate change agent. 

But as we move about this earth we often feel ourselves disconnected from the whole, out of touch with our purpose and the way in which we complete the grand design. We feel fragmented and disenchanted, even fearful of what we have become or what our world is becoming - powerless in the face of global upheaval, victims to our own habits. 

But then comes Rosh Hashanah, our collective birthday, to remind us: You are change. You are the head of all change. And no matter the inertia, no matter the challenge, you're an ever-flowing fountainhead of renewal. "The head of change" reminds us that we need not fear and that we can and shall prevail!

Wishing you and yours and all of humanity a happy, healthy, sweet new year!

Peace and blessings always,

Saadya