Yom Harat Olam is another way to call Rosh Hashanah and it means “the day of the creation of the world”.
In our congregation, it has been a tradition to read the story of the Creation of the World in Genesis, chapter 1 to remember this birthday and this year, I will be chanting some of the verses from that chapter recalling the creation of the fourth day: the story describes how heavenly bodies were said to be in order to separate day from night and to be signals for the holy days, the days and the years, as well as to bring light to earth.
I have never understood how some people would take this beautiful allegory as literally as they do and compare this very poetic and meaningful description of how our world functions and came into being to a very narrow understanding they have from what the words describe.
And I am not talking about the words that we use to explain or to translate or to give meaning. I am talking about the words that are chanted in a very particular trope, with their rhythm, repetition, music, and balance.
Every year, we repeat the cycle of reading the same texts, but every year they bring me new meanings, new gleanings that seem to have been produced by my experience during the past year.
There have been many moments and events that were so dark, so scary and at times it felt like the light would never come back, but it did always. And it seems it is really wise that the light and darkness are so separate, so distinct because the feelings they bring can be clearly identified and recognized and honored. There is also beauty in the darkness because it will be followed by light. Always.
This year, I have committed to a daily blog in English to participate in @imabima’s project of Elul. I will dedicate my endeavor for the רפואה שלמה complete healing of מרדכי אלעזר בן חנה מרים (Mordechai ben Chanah).
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