Sep 2, 2018

Rosh Hashanah is our New Year; the day when we celebrate the creation of mankind and declare Hashem our King. It is the day when we accept Hashem as the Master over our destiny and that therefore He can change our situation and circumstances.

We are told that on Rosh Hashanah several life changing, significant events happened. Sara’s prayers to have a child were answered, as well as the prayers of Rochel and Chana. Likewise, on this one day, Yosef goes from being a helpless slave in an Egyptian dungeon, to becoming Pharaoh's advisor. It was also on Rosh Hashanah that the slavery in Egypt stopped.

From this we see that Hashem can re-direct our future.

A sudden change of direction can happen to us too. Rosh Hashanah is a day designated for drastic changes. Every year, the world is refreshed and created anew, on that very day. Hashem judges each creation and decides if and how it should be recreated for the coming year.

This presents us with a golden opportunity. Since our creation is being refreshed on Rosh Hashanah, we can become different people than we were the previous year. With heartfelt prayer Hashem may recreate us without the challenges of our past. Our first step is serious self-reflection to determine the areas in which we would like to develop. If we envision an ideal picture of ourselves, and pray with full devotion on Rosh Hashanah, Hashem may give us the tools we need to progress to become the person we envision.

If we commit to change and put in the requisite effort, over time we can sense how we have become renewed and transformed.

In our lives, just as Yosef, we have our own slaveries, imprisonments, and disillusionments. At times we fall prey to our own personality flaws, lose grip on relationships, and fall into despair. When these thoughts get us down, we need to remember the story of Yosef. On Rosh Hashanah, Yosef was lifted from the depths of despair to the heights of royalty. Sara, Rochel and Chana, had their lifelong dream answered through accepting Hashem as their King and Ruler over their destiny.

Take time to seize the power embedded in this unique day. It has the capacity to lift us from our struggles and transform us with a renewed idealism and optimism to maximise the opportunities given to us the following year. 

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