The Challenge of Change
As Time Goes By
This day & age we’re living in
Gives cause for apprehension
With speed and new invention
And things like third dimension
And no matter what the progress
Or what yet may be proved
The simple facts of life are such
They cannot be removed
Yes, we get a trifle weary
With Mr. Einstein’s theory
So we must get down to earth at times
Relax, relieve the tension
You must remember this
A kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by
Let me see: When we are bothered by the speed of new ideas and inventions, we can calm ourselves by remembering that the fundamental things don’t change. Perhaps, but I certainly wouldn’t claim that the nature of a kiss or sigh are fundamental things. I also hope that a kiss will never “still” be a kiss, nor a sigh, just a sigh.
The only fundamental rule that seems to apply to life is change. One Rosh Hashana is never exactly like another. We are different. Hopefully, we have grown and changed. Rosh Hashana challenges us to measure those changes in order to change yet more.
Rosh Hashana offers us speedy new self-invention. Rather than bringing us down to earth, it lifts us beyond the third dimension, to a place where Mr. Einstein’s theory does not apply. “God created Teshuva before the world” we are told by the Sages. All of its promise and potential were in place before any theory. It is not limited by relativity or time.
Rosh Hashana offers the opportunity to touch that moment before creation when God created Teshuva, a moment that continues to exist for those who want to transcend their apprehensions and limitations.
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