Light to the Nations – with Rabbi Chaim Richman of The Temple Institute.
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On Rosh HaShana the book of life is opened before G-d, King of all creation. But it is our actions and intentions that determine whether our names wil be enscribed within the book of life, or the other book.
The custom on Rosh HaShana is to eat foods which can be seen as representing the positive things we hope will transpire over the coming year. This is not done as a lighthearted descent into superstitious practice, G-d forbid! but as a vehicle to focus and make clear our intentions to make positive change occur. The power to enscribe our names into G-d’s good book, and to write our own narratives belongs exclusively to us, the faithful subjects of the King of the universe.
To learn how Rosh HaShana is observed in the Holy Temple, please click here.)