Monday, September 29, 2008
Tonight is Rosh Hashanah (literally, the head of the year). On the festive New Year's table, usually on the platter with the traditional gefilte fish, there should be at least one cooked fish head.
This is to remind us of one of the many blessings that God promises in return for obedience to his commandments. Deuteronomy 28:13a says
"And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail . . . "
In The Living Torah translation it becomes "God will make you a leader and never a follower."
The Hebrew blessing said over the fish head is
יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה' אֱלֹהינוּ וֵאלֵֹהי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ, שֶׁנִּהְיֶה לְרֹאשׁ וְלֹא לְזָנָב
May it be Your will, Lord our God and the God of our fathers, that we be a head and not a tail.
I pray that every leader and every citizen in our world will use their head to make peace and not war in the new year.
Shana tova, a good and happy year to all!