September 29, 2008

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sunset this evening.

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, author of "You Don't Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right," has the following to say in an essay for Beliefnet.

"Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins on Monday night. Like all New Year's celebrations, it's a chance to start over. And starting over often involves forgiveness -- both giving it and getting it. Neither of those is easy, but both are within our grasp.

"Forgiving someone means that we find the strength to go beyond ourselves to a place that helps us see those who have hurt us in a new way. That's never easy. Seeking forgiveness rquires us to confront the past, see what we have done wrong, and commit to changing our behavior. That's huge. But like the ability to forgive others, it is within our grasp."