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Rosh Hashanah: We have a duty to uplift and beautify the world


Shanah Tovah!

Rosh Hashana is a joyous time, a festive time, a time of celebration!

It is a time that calls for unity and connection.

There is a deep message connected to the Holiday, one that highlights the unique and sublime role man plays in creation!

The celebration of Rosh Hashana (the New Year) begins at sundown on Fri., Sept. 15. It does not fall on the anniversary of the first day of creation, as one would assume it does, rather, it falls on the sixth day of creation, the day man was born, and yet, it is referred to as the first day of creation! (1)

The lesson is subtle and yet profound. Creation is only complete with the work of man.

When G-d created the universe the intent was/is for man to be a partner, a co-creator in creation (2), an active player in beautifying the world, as stated in the verse, “Liovda Ulishomrah” — “To Guard and To Work.” (3)

The message is simple. We are keepers of the universe. We have an awesome duty and responsibility to uplift and beautify all that comes our way and, of course, our fellow man!

It is for the specific impact man can have in this world that G-d desired to create it.

We each play a unique role in the divine plan. May the journey be sweet!

Wishing you all the blessings for a sweet and healthy new year. Let’s celebrate!

Shanah Tovah

Rabbi Meir and Tani Lerman,
Jews Of East Village – Chabad


1.) “This is the first day of your works a remembrance to the first day” — Talmud Rosh Hashna 27a (Musaf liturgy Rosh Hashanah)
2.) Genesis 2:2, Talmud Tractate Shabbat 119b, Ohr Hachaim Hakodosh on verse 2:2.
3.) “Now the Lord God took the man, and He placed him in the Garden of Eden to work it and to guard it.” — Genesis 2:15   Referencing and directing man toward his mission, Work and guard the universe. Hayom Yom SIE Edition Day 27 of Elul.

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