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Kvetch or kvel? (Complain or feel hatred?)

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Rosh Hashanah, perhaps more than any other Yom Tov, urges us to slow down, smell the roses and listen to the shofar. It sensitises us to the full significance of time, to look at time past, present and future.

To be a Jew is to live with an acute sense of the past but not to be chained to it. We remember the bitter past but refuse to be burdened by it; we remember our glorious past but only to be inspired by it. We must remember the Shoah but we dare not be paralysed by it; and we certainly shouldn’t make it the base of our education of young Jews.

To be a Jew is to be future oriented but not to be obsessed by it. We aren’t a people possessed by what will be but rather by what is. Yes, we are a people of hope, and the very name Rosh Hashanah suggests that, because, as Rabbi Jakobovitz pointed out, rosh means head and the default position of the head is looking forward, not backwards.

To be a Jew is to live in the present, poised past and anticipating the future. God is in the here and now, and one of our most popular and endearing toasts is L’Chaim to life, to today to the gift of now, to living fully, mindfully, consciously in the moment.

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