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A Rosh Hashannah Thought

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 6:24pm -- Mel Scult

Let us begin by remembering that the spiritual always points toward the unity of things, not their division. Judaism helps us to work from a higher perspective. To celebrate the creation of the world, as we do on Rosh Hashannah, is to see ourselves as an integral part of all that is and not to see ourselves as the measure of all things. The egotistical, self-centered part of our mind, the evil urge if you will, always leads us to experience our separateness from the natural world. When we see ourselves as part of creation, born primarily to tend the Garden and nurture it, then we will be acting out of our higher selves.
 
Rosh Hashannah is a call to reintegrate ourselves into  the natural world and to do our part to preserve the universe out of which we come.

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Submitted by Deborah Schein (not verified) on
I appreciate the short, sweet reflections of wholeness. As an early childhood educators, one of the most important aspects of education is the development of self. This sense of self is not really about self esteem which is simply about self, but about self awareness which is about one's relationship to all the is, thus helping all child realize from the start of their lives this amazing connection. I love the tie in of what we do with young children to our being Jewish and the celebration of the Jewish new year. Thanks. grwoingwonder.com.

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