Rosh Hashana: The Birthday of the World

This day is the birth of the world… from the Rosh Hashana Machzor.

Striations of light streak the heavens,
darkness gives way to the rays of the sun.

A dazzling white sky meets the tranquil sea,
morning sparkles on undulating waves.

Sun rays trickle through leafy lattices:
an intricate interplay of light and dark.

Flowers unfurl, spreading bright crowns,
butterflies flutter, harvesting nectar.

Lustrous dew-drops deck a spider’s web –
dangling crystals trembling in the breeze.

The first birds call, banishing slumber,
creation stirs and stretches.

Open your eyes in wonder:
today is the birthday of the world.

Tradition teaches that Rosh Hashana is actually the day believed to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman. God then told them of their role in His world. Their creation was the culmination of the work of the five preceding days.
In the Midrash (Kohelet Rabbah 1 on Ecclesiastes 7:13) we read, “When God created the first human beings, He led them around the Garden of Eden and said: ‘Look at my works! See how beautiful they are – how excellent! For your sake I created them all. See to it that you do not spoil and destroy My world; for if you do, there will be no one else to repair it.'”


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