Many know Rosh Hashanah as the Day of Judgement. However, as you peruse the special prayers of Rosh Hashanah, they do not seem to reflect the types of prayer we would expect for a day of judgement. Instead of prayers of apology and regret, the special Rosh Hashanah prayers seem to focus primarily on the coronation of God as Sovereign. It seems that we are being judged without having an opportunity to make our case. What’s going on?
Perhaps the answer lies in properly understanding what we mean when we speak about judgement on Rosh Hashanah. Maybe it’s not about God’s judgement on our deeds of the past year, but rather it is about our vision, our hopes and our plans for the coming year. Instead of focusing on the details, we are taking a step back to look at the big picture. What are our ultimate priorities? What is our vision for our lives and for our world? Is God at the centre of that vision? [Read more…]