This weekend has been mega crazy as getting everything accomplished: shopping, laundry, cleaning. Despite this craziness I am enjoying my four day weekend from work. Tonight at sunset Jewish people worldwide will begin the holiday of Rosh HaShanah and our celebration for
The World’s Birthday
The birthday of the world’s existence is only a small portion of what the holiday consists of. During Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year, people from around the world go through self-introspection. Looking into our own worlds to find out how we can make this world a better place. On an even more deep level, we pray that God grant us to live for another year. Scary, huh?
The question we raise and the answers we give are very elementary: How can we make the world a better place? We use both our faculties: our heart and our mind. Our heart for compassion towards others in need and our mind to have the intellectual capacity to perform the actions. And our hands and feet to carry them out with.
What can we do to make the world a better place is crucial and our actions matter. The answers seem so simple that they are right at our back door and many do not realize through common sense that they are there. Opportunities waiting to be grabbed:
- Donating to your favorite charities.
- But then, charity doesn’t necessarily mean to open your wallet or pocketbook..
- There are so many other ways..:
- Helping a friend deal with a crisis
- Inviting a friend over who is having a financial hardship for dinner.
- Visiting a sick friend or even better someone who has no one to visit them. New friends are always welcome.
As always stated before, the opportunities are endless. And yes, you can make the difference. This are examples of not only dedicating yourself to the world’s existence but also changing the lives of the world in other people. For these actions, we hope to merit only good things not only for ourselves but that the world will always become a better place despite the fact what the news reports always tell us.
In the Hebrew language, to make a toast over wine or another great alcoholic beverage, we say “L’Hayim” which translates to “To Life” That is what we all strive for. To live the moment and make every moment of our lives count. Life is too short to think about death. And we shall make a toast,… that for this year and many to come that the world should only see good things and that those who believe in the world being a better place should see a long life ahead.