I decided to write a reflection about Rosh Hashanah today, since today is the end of the second day of the celebration. Also known as the "Feast of Trumpets" (Yom Teruah), Rosh Hashanah literally means "head of the year", and is commonly known as the Jewish New Year celebration. The celebration began Wednesday evening (Sept. 28, 2011) at sundown and lasts until sundown tonight. According to Jewish culture and the Biblical record, a day starts at sundown. This can be seen in the creation story in Genesis 1, "So there was evening, and there was morning..."
September 30, 2011
September 27, 2011
The Torah reveals our sin to us in the same way looking into a mirror shows us our outer imperfections. When you get up in the morning, and go look in the mirror, you quickly realize that your hair needs to be brushed and your face washed. When a woman sees herself in a mirror, she decides to put on her makeup. If you were to look into a mirror and notice food stuck in your teeth, you would immediately start trying to clean it out. Mirrors are wonderful tools, because they help us see ourselves. They help us see what we look like to other people.
September 16, 2011
Have you ever played a game called “telephone”? It is also known as “grapevine”, “broken telephone”, “gossip”, “secret message”, “chinese whispers”, and “pass the message”. In the United States, “telephone” is the most common name for the game.