Free translation of a discourse by
the Lubavitcher Rebbe,
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
5733 - 1972
by Rabbi David Rothschild
Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the new year, the world was actually created
six days earlier. Rosh Hashanah, though, is Adam's - the first man - birthday.
What is so significant about that? Why does such a solemn and awe inspiring day
- Judgment Day - occur on someone's birthday?
Real Beginning", the Lubavitcher Rebbe considers the inner teachings that
Adam's birthday conveys. His discourse is based on a key phrase from the Rosh
Hashanah liturgy, "This is the day which is the beginning of Your acts."
Each word of this seemingly minor sentence has universal significance.
Adam was the first one to introduce Divine revelation into creation. As a result,
every living creature recognized, felt, and submitted themselves to G-d's Kingship.
How does this relate to our lives?
In Genesis is stated,
"G-d took Adam and placed him in the Garden of Eden, to work it and to guard
it." What lessens can we derive from his ancient toils? And how does this
relate to Rosh Hashanah?
Chassidism explains that very reason
the world was created is the Messianic Era and the Resurrection of the Dead. What
does that connote? How is this teaching relevant to our everyday existence?
Did you know that virtually every mitzvah we do creates its own Paradise? Where
is Paradise? Is it worth the effort?
The Talmud relates that
even a maidservant pointed her finger at the Splitting of the Sea and exclaimed,
"This is my G-d." Does the Splitting of the Sea relate to Rosh Hashanah?
Isn't that a different holiday?
To understand the inner significance of Rosh
Hashanah, click onto "The Real Beginning".
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