• Rabbi Moshe Rothchild

It's all in your head!


Happy Head of the Year!

If you don’t know Hebrew it is nearly impossible to really understand the Torah (The Hebrew Bible). There is a reason why it is called the Hebrew Bible!


So, let me let you in on a simple idea but it is quite powerful. Rosh Hashana, which is often translated as “The Jewish New Year” does not exactly mean that. The words literally mean the “The head of the year” and this makes all the difference.


Everything begins in the head. The human mind has somewhere between 50,000-70,000 thoughts a day! That is 35-48 thoughts a minute! Some thoughts are translated in to actions and others are not. Some thoughts are verbalized others remain in your inner world.

So what is Rosh Hashana, the head of the year? It is the time where we think about the past year and think about the coming year. It is the time where we formulate thoughts that create a vision of how we want to be and of how we imagine the world to be.


Everyone has ideas of how they want to be, of things they want to accomplish, of the impact they want to have on their surroundings. Thoughts about being a better friend or mother or father. We have thoughts about what we want to do with our careers. We have thoughts of maybe starting a new business. Thoughts of getting in physical shape or of getting in spiritual shape.


Rosh Hashana is the time of year when we are all great. We have lofty thoughts swirling around in our heads and are ready to take action to make it happen. It is like the first day of the baseball season when everyone is in first place.


The question is what will become of all those thoughts? It is exciting to visualize and think about our great successes. It’s a whole other world implementing them and taking steps to reach our goals. So lets celebrate the Head of the Year (Rosh Hashana) by using our heads and dreaming big for ourselves and for the world. Then let’s take the steps necessary to make it happen!

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