Rosh Hashanah Globalization
When we first turned into this beach community, it seemed like an All-American kind of place. We stopped at a 24 hour store to pick up some basics, and pulled into a United Nations of cars. There were German cars, Italian, English, Korean and Japanese cars, and no American made models. The man behind the counter was Lebanese, and had no idea where “argentinia” is. I served as translator between the Lebanese and Argentine accented English speakers, smiling while a Pakistani was attempting to follow the conversation. A Korean walked in the door and needed my translation services to ask whether the store had any Asian foods. They did! It was in the international section, just next to the Kosher food. I guess this is the new All American way of life. I love it!
I recalled a question asked of me 25 years ago on Rosh Hashanah: “Isn’t it a little arrogant to claim that the entire creation is judged on our New Year? Why can we not be satisfied with believing that we, Jews, are judged, without claiming that our judgment affects the whole world?”
It’s easier to answer that question now than it was twenty-five years ago: We may live in one place, but we are deeply intertwined with everyone and everything, everywhere. We don’t need to read the world news to sense that connection, it’s everywhere around us, in our cars, our food, and the people with whom we regularly interact on a regular basis.
We live as part of creation. We live that connection. Our Rosh Hashanah prayers for the whole world is immediate and real. Our prayers are not arrogant. They are a reflection of the way we live.
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