Rosh Hashanah 5775
Rosh Hashanah begins tonight.
The works of Kabbalah teach us that on the night of Rosh Hashanah, all of the divine energy which sustains the universe ceases, and for this night the world is hanging in the balance; the entire creation is dependent on our acceptance of God as our king, by blowing the shofar the morning of Rosh Hashanah.
Once the Jewish people have performed this holy deed, God renews His creation, and the universe is sustained for the upcoming year
But what of the details? True, the world as a whole may be assured of another year, but what can an individual expect during the new year?
To quote form one of the most famous prayers from the High Holiday liturgy, "Who shall live, and who shall die? Who shall rest, and who shall wander? Who shall be poor, and who shall be rich?"
The answer, as the prayer concludes lies in our own hands, " But repentance, prayer, and charity avert the evil decree!" This is the day that the future is written. How we conduct ourselves on Rosh Hashanah until Yom Kippur is what determines our life in the coming year. On this day, we will pass before God. May we all be found worthy to enjoy the new year 5775 amidst health,happiness, prosperity, and a desire to come closer to Torah.
We are happy to announce that Sunday, October 12, at 3:00pm will be Chabad of Southern Mississippi's "Sukkot in the South" Community Sukkot Party. We hope to see everyone there.
If anyone is interested in joining us for a festive meal during the first days of Sukkot (October 8-11) please contact us. We would be pleased to have you as our guest.
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Wishing you and your loved ones a Shanah Tovah, and a good Yom Tov,
Rabbi Akiva and Hannah Hall