Rosh Hashana – A New Beginning

September 15, 2012 | Comments 0

Besides all the fanfare that Rosh Hashana is a Yom Hadin, there is another aspect of the day – it is the beginning of a new year. A new year = a new beginning. What you were until today was all last year. This year is all new, untouched and unspoiled by the foolish mistakes of the past.

“I wake up every day at 9:30 while my wife gets up early to go to work…” – That was last year.

“I only learn 2-3 blatt a zman and don’t ever feel fulfilled from my learning…” – That was last year.

“I am afraid of change, so I just sit and continue doing nothing to improve my family’s situation…” – That was last year.

“I want to feel accomplished by doing something, but leaving kollel is not pashut…” – That was last year.

“I’m 46 years old, my kollel closed down, so I am looking desperately for another one that will take me in…” – That was last year.

“I haven’t done anything accomplishing with my life, am I too late…?”

No, it’s not too late. Rosh Hashana comes every year, and we can start this year without regard to the past. Rosh Hashana comes before Yom Kippur, because one has to start from a clean slate in order to do complete teshuva.

When Rosh Hashana comes around ask yourself, “If I was starting all over today, would I continue doing what I am doing?”

If the answer is no, then now is the time to change.

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