We have just celebrated some of the most meaningful and thought-provoking biblical feasts in Israel, namely Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. One could write volumes about these celebrations, and indeed many have, so I will not add to this commentary, except to say that such cycles of celebration, remembrance and worship should and must be more than pleasant traditions. Because they come every year, it is possible to regard the liturgy and practices of these holy days as nothing more than cultural or family events or traditions. More is required from us!

That is, from the blowing of the shofar on the Jewish New Year, these days are designed to awaken us to spiritual realities and cause us to reflect more earnestly on our lives, examining our relationship with God first, and then with our fellow human beings. Life is too short not to do this, and in the end we will all have to meet our Creator.

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