On Rosh Hashanah, strive upward

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Sundown Sunday will begin the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year and the beginning of the ten days of repentance leading to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah is a joyous and celebratory holiday, but it has serious spiritual implications.

As the anniversary of God’s creation of the first human beings, we are reminded of humanity’s unique relationship with our Creator and the opportunity we have to do good or evil in His world. Adam and Eve’s initial actions, of course, resulted in our expulsion from Eden. On Rosh Hashanah, we look back at our actions over the course of the year and consider how we might have done better. What is the status of our relationship with God? What have we done to better His world and care for our brothers and sisters? What are our failings? And what will we do to learn from those failings so as not to repeat them?

These are hard questions, of course, and they require a good deal of thought and prayer.

The Kotzker Rebbe, a great 19th century Polish rabbi, once asked his students who was higher on a ladder: the man on the tenth rung or the man on the third rung? The students, probably knowing it was a leading question, answered the obvious: the man on the tenth rung is higher. The rabbi replied that, in fact, it depended on which direction they were headed. The man on the tenth rung, if headed down, was already lower than the man on the third if that man is headed up.

The same is true in our lives. God knows that the human beings He has created are imperfect and prone to failure. He doesn’t expect us to rest permanently on the tenth rung of life’s ladder. But we are expected to strive upward. Rosh Hashanah allows us to look at where we are and how we’re doing and, hopefully, turn ourselves in the right direction.

May you be inscribed for blessing in Book of Life.


Author: Stand For Israel | September 14, 2012
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  • judaicabeautiful
    November 19, 2012
    1:41 pm
     

    Very nice article and yes Rosh Hashanah is a time of rejoicing and of serious introspection, a time to celebrate the completion of another year while also taking stock of one’s life.

    Thanks

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  • Betty
    September 18, 2012
    5:08 am
     

    I am so encouraged regarding Israel’s future when I read the books of the Prophets. I recommend especially Isaiah chapter 43 for today’s reading.

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  • Kathleen
    September 16, 2012
    8:43 am
     

    In the U.S. there is a movie out called 2016 by Dinesh D’Souza. You need to see this to know who/what Obama is. Team up with Glenn Beck to teach uneducated, liberal Jews in the U.S., esp. media.

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  • Carrie
    September 16, 2012
    7:22 am
     

    I agree with Lawrence. G-d is in control and His “Will” will be done yet we still pray for the “Peace of Jerusalem” and Yisrael. She is the “Apple” of HIS EYE. His protection is upon her even in her darkest hours. America needs to do as 2Chron 7:14 says, all of America and including me. G-d gave Yisrael a beautiful voice, Bebe Natanyahu(sorry if mis-spelled).A very wise man of G-d. Toda Abba, have mercy on all of us. Shalom

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  • ilana
    September 15, 2012
    11:17 pm
     

    i wouldn’t depend on god where was he during the holocaust where was he during the pogroms etc we better depend on the strength of the israeli military

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  • LUTHER (LUKE)
    September 15, 2012
    6:08 pm
     

    Jesus is coming soon!

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  • Dirk
    September 15, 2012
    2:45 pm
     

    Thanks for your kind words and inspiration to be better.
    Shana Tova!

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  • robert
    September 15, 2012
    12:36 pm
     

    I,know that our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST will defend HIS BELOVED ISRAEL,regardless of what our country does or says.BUT if we don’t stand with GODS chosen PEOPLES of ISRAEL we won,t ever prosper.For the LORD GOD has said,I will bless those who bless you and I,will curse those who curse you.I,PRAY for ISRAEL each and every day.Read PSALMS 122 verse 7.GOD BLESS ISRAEL ALWAYSand FOREVER.AMEN

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  • Gloria
    September 15, 2012
    11:56 am
     

    Searching my heart to try and do more for people this new year…I want to please God…He is so good and gracious to us…great teaching with the ladder..thnx

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  • Melissa
    September 15, 2012
    11:43 am
     

    I wish I lived that faithful of a life. That is truly awesome to have a week of reflection for the entire country in unison America should be more like Israel!! I wish I lived in Israel sometimes!!!

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  • traci
    September 15, 2012
    10:13 am
     

    I believe god will protect his children in Israel with or without the us, but I also believe that if he wants the u.s involved , he will create that in itself,I am praying for peace, god is with us

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  • Jan
    September 15, 2012
    10:04 am
     

    I love God Jesus Holy Spirit and Israel I repent and want to do more for Israel

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  • DALE
    September 14, 2012
    3:34 pm
     

    let’s see if my opinion is deleted? Obama is ruining our country because he is Muslim? He with the help of the Clintons have sold our country out!!! first Billy Boy commits treason and gets away with it,while laughing at america, thier going to deliberately stab us, and Israel in the back. personally, i dont know whats worse, a Muslim President or the mormon church ruleing over America? I don’t know about you, but i can’t wait till our Lord Jesus is sitting on the Throne here on Earth, He’s the only one i’ll trust!!! Israel, your always in my prayers

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  • Lawrence
    September 14, 2012
    2:13 pm
     

    The security of Israel depends on the G_d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, regardless of what the USA does. Psalms 83; Zechariah 2:6.

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    • Sherry
      September 15, 2012
      9:58 am
       

      I am an American and I stand with Israel and pray for her, no matter what the president says or does.

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    • Sandra
      September 15, 2012
      10:08 am
       

      Amen!! America will suffer G-d’s wrath if she abandons Israel & it will not be pretty!

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    • Linda
      September 15, 2012
      10:27 am
       

      You are absolutely correct Lawrence. However the blessing of God for the USA depends on the USA standing for Israel. God will bless America as we stand for Him and for Israel.

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    • Melvin
      September 15, 2012
      10:38 am
       

      Yes god is our hope for ever God is our alland all our keeper sheld in all times

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    • susan
      September 15, 2012
      12:29 pm
       

      Truce in G-d. He will not let you down. Government do since they are made up of people who think first of their interest and not the people they govern never mind other governments.

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    • Ruth
      September 15, 2012
      1:13 pm
       

      That’s good, because Israel currently cannot depend on the U.S. I’m an American Christian supporter of Israel, and I’m sickened by the attitude of our government.I believe we are under God’s judgment

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    • bill
      September 15, 2012
      4:39 pm
       

      Our actions depend on whether WE are with God or not!!!

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    • luther
      September 15, 2012
      6:07 pm
       

      The New Heaven and New Earth is close!

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    • Rowena
      September 16, 2012
      12:06 am
       

      Yes, it is true because the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are the great example for the generation today. USA is the Christian country that believes on the base of the old testament.

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    • Casey
      September 16, 2012
      5:22 am
       

      True enough! But know this, Lawrence: Regardless of our current administration’s opinions or actions, The vast, overwhelming majority of Americans stand with Israel! That support will never fail!

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    • Greg
      September 16, 2012
      3:39 pm
       

      Yes God is the provider and protecter of Israel. But prayer and support for Israel will I believe brings more blessings to Israel as well as to the individuals and to the individuals country they’re from. May God bless the Nation and people of Israel as well as to the Jewish people throughout the world. I pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

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    • Roza
      September 16, 2012
      10:58 pm
       

      I believe Israel has to survive and has done well so far being surrounded by so many enemies (Arab nations)… God must be doing something in way of allowing Israel to continue, (it doesn’t hurt that

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