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Yom Sheini shel Rosh HaShanah

Yom Sheini shel Rosh HaShanah

2nd Day of the New Year
Genesis 1:1-2:3

When God was about to create heaven and earth, the earth was a chaos, unformed, and on the chaotic waters' face there was darkness. - Genesis 1:1-:2


Despite what we may have learned from science, the power of these first words of the Torah still speak to us. In these verses we see the grand plan for the world. Creation does not happen by chance or accident. Each day builds on the work of the previous day. Each day brings new creation. The Bible mentions the number seven more than 500 times. It is on the seventh day that we receive that most sacred of gifts, Shabbat. But we know that the work of creation is not finished. We have only to look at the world around us. We are called upon to work in partnership with God to continue in this sacred task.


  • By Oren J. Hayon

    Do I contradict myself?
    Very well, then I contradict myself,
    (I am large, I contain multitudes.)
    -Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself"

    One principle that remains reliably true throughout the Bible is that the fruitful production of children is evidence of God's love and providence for favored and faithful humans. The birth of healthy children-especially to mothers and fathers who had despaired of their fertility or potency-is proof positive of God's attention and care. The child's arrival shows his parents that God desires to grant them a future, lengthening their legacy and their name long into the future.

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