Celebrating Your Uniqueness on Rosh Hashanah

It's our choices in life that define who we really are.

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Comments (4)

(3) Yehudit Herman, September 27, 2019 11:44 AM

Rav Etiel does is again! What a powerful message, and very well said. Thank-you.

This is the dual emotions that flood us with the awesome day of Rosh HaShannah. How we must take total responsibility for ourselves, what we have done, and what we could have done better. Our deeds (hopefully the good ones) speak for themselves. Let's be happy with each and every breath of life and health that we are given to use our power to do good, connect to Hashem, and realize just how powerful and meaningful one kind word is, one smile, one sentence of encouragement, one compliment, one good deed, one mitzvah. Shana Tova U'Metookah.

(2) Brant H. Dveirin, September 24, 2019 8:10 PM

Really me alone.

We may stand alone but I doubt we are judged alone. In Judaism nothing is alone. You need a minyan and so on. We are the Jewish people not the soletary man or woman. I don’t buy it but it did make for a nice story and video. Warmly, Brant.

Dovid Rosenfeld, September 25, 2019 6:56 AM

this is the one time of the year where we are alone

The Talmud explains that on Rosh Hashanah we pass before God as sheep on a narrow path - single file (Mishna Rosh Hashanah 1:2, see Talmud there, 18a). So we can't hide behind anyone, point fingers, or think of ourselves as just a part of the crowd. God examines - and is interested in - every single one of us on his own. We might honestly be able to claim that our friends or our society influenced us, and that is certainly a mitigating factor. But ultimately we are the ones who chose how to act, and we must take personal responsibility.

(Praying as part of a worthy congregation will certainly be a merit for us in judgment, but it does not change the underlying fact we are each judged separately.)

(1) Alan S., September 24, 2019 5:34 PM

Inspirational

I enjoyed the interplay of the movie scenes and the excellent message that Rabbi Goldwicht delivered. Yasher Koach Rabbi!
L'shana Tova.

 

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