Rosh Hashanah Message from Rabbi Moldovan
Rosh Hashanah, the New Year, is different from all of our festivals in that it is not unique to Judaism. Rather, every religion and culture observe and celebrate a New Year of their own. Why does everyone in the entire world feel a need to observe this idea of a New Year?
The Gemarah says that "Hakol holeich achar ha'hatchalah - everything follows its beginning." Rosh Hashanah is a microcosm of our entire coming year. Whatever happens on Rosh Hashonah is a siman, a sign, for what will happen in the coming year. Just as the genetic makeup that governs the future of a child is determined at the initial moment of conception, so too, our future is governed by the success of the conception of each year on Rosh Hashanah. This idea is not unique to Judaism, and is appreciated by all the nations of the world.
We approach this Rosh Hashanah not only as the beginning of the New Year, but also as the beginning of the next chapter in the illustrious history of Ahavath Achim. As we move out of our beloved synagogue at 1571 Stratfield Road into our temporary home at the American Legion Hall in Owen Fish Park, we daven to Hashem that we will have a successful year as a congregation and experience growth in our service of Hashem, Tefillot, Torah study, and Mitzvot. How we conduct ourselves as a congregation on this auspicious holiday will build our success for the entire year.
K'tiva V'Chatima Tova,
Rabbi Yirmiyah Moldovan