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This article on the portion of the week was previously published in 2017.
This week we gather together for Rosh Hashanah, the 6th day of Creation, the day that Adam was "born." The kabbalists explain that on one's birthday there is a renewal of the soul that occurs, the individual is strengthened in their purpose in the world. Rav Berg used to say that Rosh Hashanah is all of our birthdays, since in truth we are all One. The only reason we may have a different birthday from our neighbor is because we have been coming back to this earthly plane so often; but at the seed level, there is no fragmentation and Adam comprised all human consciousness just as a seed can hold all the future emanations of a full grown tree with all of its leaves, branches and fruits.
With that in mind, as we gather on Rosh Hashanah, and we have people from all walks of life, it is an indication that we are going back to that Source, to the root. Because it is only in that root, in that unity of spirit, that we can find the peace, the non-aggression, non-separation. We all return to that one seed where we all existed at one time in harmonious, mutual respect for one another. This is what Rosh Hashanah means to us.
If you've have ever said to yourself, "If only I had 48 hours in one day, then I could accomplish more," well here is your chance to do that. The kabbalists consider this 48-hour window of time one long day in which we can draw as much Light, love, and energy as possible through our unity of consciousness and spirit for ourselves, our families, our communities and the world, which is sorely in need of it.
I don't need to tell you that these last months have been apocalyptic. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of those affected. The world is really in a state of chaos and pain and the earth is saying, "Wake Up! Come together!" Everything negative that we see in the world exists because of humankind’s Desire to Receive for the Self Alone. It is within the power of each one of us to temper that desire and bring us, hopefully to the end of destruction and misery.
Rosh Hashanah, the birthday of man is the time when we can change things. It is within our hands to create the energy that will bring dignity and respect to all beings, to be immersed in this high energy for these two days, and then to take that energy back to where we are from and share it as much as we can. For we know the light of the candle never dims by sharing its flame. The only thing that happens is that the room that was once blanketed in darkness can slowly but surely be filled with light.