A Rosh Hashanah message from Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh to all nations of the world
When God created man, He first formed His physical being and then breathed life into him in the form of Adam’s soul. All people, the members of every nation, are descendants of Adam, the first man, who God created on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. This year Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, corresponds to Sep. 14th, 2015.
On Rosh Hashanah each and every year, God judges all of mankind to determine our fate for the upcoming year. If we commit ourselves to refining our ways and becoming better people, God grants His blessings to us for a long and fruitful life.
Our bodies and souls are composed of ten channels, called sefirot. Refining each of these channels allows Divine influx to enter our souls, leading to a healthy and happy life on all planes.
The first three sefirot are intellectual and the other seven are powered by the emotions: love, fear, compassion, confidence, acknowledgment, truth and lowliness. The seven commandments that God gave to all nations correspond to these seven sefirot.
Of course, the commandments must be applied literally, but each of them also includes a broader aspect that relates to refining our inner qualities and our relationship with God and our fellows.
- Do not commit adultery – refine your love: love is the power that motivates the world. Search for true love, and when you find it, stay faithful to it.
- Do not murder – rectify fear: when we stand in awe before a king, we are careful of every movement or word that we speak. Improve your relationship with the King of kings, who commanded us not to murder by taking care not to hurt people – physically or emotionally.
- Do not steal: appreciate God’s daily miracles and become aware of His compassion. Be compassionate to others – helping people on a daily basis heals the urge to steal from them.
- Do not commit idolatry – put your confidence only in God, His goodness can overcome all evil. There are no other gods beside Him.
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