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A MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR

by Benyamin Cohen    
Torah from Dixie Editor    

One year ago this week, we found ourselves standing in synagogue praying to the Almighty that He forgive us for all of our iniquities, incessantly hoping that we will be sealed for yet another good year.

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One year ago this week, we found ourselves standing in synagogue praying to the Almighty that He forgive us for all of our iniquities, incessantly hoping that we will be sealed for yet another good year. But as we stood, in a dazed and automaton state, we also found ourselves drifting, thinking about all the stuff which comprises the daily grind of everyday life. We often fail to realize that our lives are literally hanging in the balance, as G-d weighs our mitzvot and sins on the Divine scale of judgment.

At the conclusion of the festival season, it is all too comfortable to fall back into our normal pre-Rosh Hashanah routine. The highs we felt while the shofar blasts resonated in our ears somehow seem to drift to the background as we embark on the ups and downs of daily life. It is at this time, that it is incumbent upon us to pause and take a look at the big picture. How can we make the coming year one of growth?

Too often we find ourselves spiritually blind, caught in a zombified state of decadence. Stuck in a religious rut, we do the mitzvot with a sort of all-too-easy frequency. The mitzvot contain no spark for us. "How can I feel excited about Shabbat week in and week out?", we ask ourselves.

This is the challenge. After leaving the highs of the holidays and entering into the predictable existence of the coming year, we need to catch ourselves. We need to put ourselves on G-d's mailing list, so our religious vigor can be constantly updated. We need to wake up and feel a Divine rush, a jolt of Judaism, practically bouncing off the walls in anticipation of the opportunity to serve Hashem one more day. With that kind of emotional enthusiasm, we will be armed with the necessary tools to fulfill mitzvot year-round the same way we do during the holidays.

So now, as we stand before G-d on Rosh Hashanah, we can look up to the heavens and proclaim our renewed acceptance of his commandments and usher in the festival season the same way we will end it - with a sense of passion for our roles as Jews and as servants of the Almighty.

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