It’s such an awesome day – have I prepared sufficiently? Do I even know how to prepare sufficiently? How will I put forth successful prayers? Nagged by those questions, I often find myself getting busy with other things.
Then it occurred to me: though there’s something I might or might not put in motion, there’s something much greater that is definitely being set in motion. The Creator of the universe is renewing His creation. The Intelligence of all life that sustains the world, carries His people for thousands of years, guides my physiological functions, and plants insights in my mind is renewing His commitment to His world. He’s inviting us to sign on.
Like my teacher, Rav Noach Weinberg, ztl, used to say, we’re like the construction worker guiding a several ton load suspended by a massive crane. It looks like he’s pushing a several ton load. He’s just nudging a force that is already in play.
Mostly what I have to do is show up and acknowledge that He’s the senior partner and I’m the junior partner in a successful Rosh Hashana. With that, I’m a little more clear about the value of just giving it all I got.
Warm regards for a Good Sweet New Year,