September 15, 2022 / 19 Elul, 5782 • Parshat Tavo
Issue 735
Dedicated in loving memory of Mrs. Miriam Friedman

Moses and the Levitic priests spoke to all Israel, saying, “Pay attention and listen, Israel! Today you have become a people to G-d, your G-d.”

Deuteronomy 27:9

This verse teaches us that in order to be G-d’s people – connected to G-d – we must realize that every day G-d forges His covenant with us anew.

In particular, however, it is on Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish year, that G-d renews His covenant with us. Rosh Hashanah is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first human beings, and on it we also celebrate the creation of the world in general. Inasmuch as both humanity and the world at large are being re-created on this day, it is an opportunity both to remake ourselves as human beings and to improve our influence on the world.

Rosh Hashanah is therefore our annual opportunity to make a new covenant with G-d, to rededicate ourselves to our Divine mission to transform the world into His home. We begin this process with ourselves, resolving to live our lives in a more G-dly, spiritually refined manner, bringing Divine consciousness into the minutest details of our daily conduct.

—from Daily Wisdom