Rosh Hashanah High Holiday greeting – May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.

Rosh Hashanah, which means “head of the year,” is the first of the Days of Awe —the high holy days in Judaism. Known also as Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets, the sound of the shofar blast reminds people of the importance of reflection during this important two-day celebration of the anniversary of Adam and Eve’s creation. It’s a time to examine one’s life and ask for forgiveness, “teshuvah,” for any wrongdoings, to make amends with others, and set an intentional plan to be a better person in the coming year.

Because this is when God’s book is opened and it will be determined whether you will live or die this year, one looks for God’s compassion to accept the prayers of forgiveness. People often greet one another with, “May you be inscribed in the book of life and sealed for a good year.” Whether you believe in an outside judge—or in self-review and self-forgiveness —it’s powerful to know that the new year before you is blessed. Let the heaviness of your mistakes go, and proclaim in your heart and soul your intention to be a better expression of Spirit. May you then hear the trumpets triumphing your proclamation, which has sealed your good in your heart.

Spiritual Contemplation: When have your behavior and expression been different from what your heart wished you had expressed? Forgive yourself, make amends (if appropriate) with others, and declare your intention to be a better expression of the Divine. Let this vision be sealed in your heart and lived as your life.

Affirmation: I am free to express the higher vision of me!