Yechezkel Fourteen: Rosh Hashana

Tonight marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. It’s part of a season of mindfulness, reflections, and simultaneously looking back on the previous year and at the same time ahead to the new one. I was hoping that I’d be able to connect this chapter with the holiday, and I think I found a good verse. “Therefore, say to the house of Israel, so said the Lord God: Repent and move away from your idols, and from all your abominations remove your faces (Ezekiel 14:6).” Although we have the opportunity to repent any day of the year, this is the time when many Jews choose to take stock and make amends for our mistakes. We repent for what we’ve done wrong and pledge to do better in the coming year. It’s clearly and age-old problem, but all we can do is keep trying. 

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