The creation of the world, the sovereignty of God and divine judgment: Traditionally, those are the major themes of Rosh Hashanah. It can sound stark: what does divine judgment even mean? In “A Guide to Jewish Practice” Rabbi Yael Ridberg describes God as “the power that impels human beings to be fully human.” Divinity is present “when people assert personal power in or make positive change in the world.”
Reconstructionist approaches to the Jewish New Year focus on the process of teshuvah(repentance): personal and communal transformation in service of a better world. We invite you to explore these resources and have a meaningful, joyful new year.