I've always thought how lucky we are, as Jews, to live in two worlds: the secular world, and the sacred world. Rosh Hashana is a perfect example of the good luck.
Sometime before the end of the secular year, Jews start a new year. It is a sacred occasion, beginning a time of intense introspection leading up to Yom Kippur's atonement and fasting. Before the secular year ends, we get to hit the "reset" button, and it feels great, most of the time.
There's an old canard that Jews aren't loyal to the place where they live, and to its government, because of their loyalty to Jews and Judaism. Nothing could be further from the truth. Every Jew I have ever encountered loves -- and is actively involved with -- his or her country. It's not an either/or situation, living in two worlds, it's "Yes! Both!"
As we enter into the New Year, we also enter into a time when we exercise our sacred right to vote; nothing in our secular world could be more important.
Enjoy the reset. May your 5781 be sweet.
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