On Wednesday evening we will be celebrating Rosh Hashana – two days (Thursday and Friday) that mark the beginning of a new year in the Jewish calendar. The name Rosh Hashana (literally “Head of the Year”) comes from the Book of Ezekiel, referring to the entire Hebrew month of Tishrei, the first month of the year. In the Torah, this holiday is called Yom Tru’a (Day of the Shofar Blast) for the main commandment of the holiday: blowing the shofar.What does blowing the shofar symbolize? According to very ancient traditions, it symbolizes crowning God as King of the Universe, a ceremony that takes place as the new year begins. We human beings crown God? Doesn’t He rule over the entire world with or without us? Biblical commentator Rabbi Avraham Ibn Ezra (poet, linguist, philosopher, Spain 1089–1164) distinguishes between “king” and “ruler.” A king, he explains, is crowned as a result of the nation’s free will. A ruler, however, is not crowned by the nation, but rules over it. Based on this distinction, we do have the power to crown God as king. God’s sovereignty over the world is complete; but His kingship is up to us. We crown God as King of the Universe.