What is Rosh Hashanah About?

Rosh Hashanah starts at sun down tomorrow. It is the Jewish New Year. It is believed to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman.

When I read this Kabbalistically to me it is talking about the creation of Asiyyah, the physical realm in which we live. In Kabbalah there are believed to be four realms: Azilut, Beriah, Yetzirah, Asiyyah.

Man moves steadily down this ladder through each of the realms until we manifest in physical form in Asiyyah.

The blowing of the shofar (a rams horn) by the Rabbi is a much-anticipated event during Rosh Hashanah. It’s loud call flooding the synagogue and causing awe in the congregation. It is like the heavens are called. Each time I have heard it blown with intent and purpose I have felt awe, as though a call has gone out.

This reminds me of my favorite Bible verse John 1:1 “”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God“.

The word is a vibration, and this is what the Shofar creates. To me it is the symbol of the Divine creating us in his image, of the soul finally making it into the physical realm, into Asiyyah.

My practice in this time will be to celebrate that I am in a physical form and that I am Divine and gratitude for all the experiences and gifts I have in the physical.

Shana Tova!

 Happy New Year!