TODAY THE WORLD TREMBLES: TODAY THE WORLD IS BORN
One of the most powerful Rosh Hashana prayers captures the essence of our times: Hayom harat olam – “Today the world trembles.”
Arab Spring. The economy. The weather. Israel – wherever you turn, the past year was a tumultuous one, filled with upheavals, surprises and changes, unlike any year in recent history. Volatility is the word that defines this historic year. The world was turned upside down. The world shook and trembled.
But is that all the prayer – hayom harat olam – is trying to tell us? Certainly, we don’t need to be reminded that the world is trembling. So there must be something far deeper here.
Rosh Hashana is the birthday of the world and humanity, the day that determines the destiny of the entire world. What will this New Year bring? And above all, what does Rosh Hashana teach us about our turbulent times? Is there anything we can do to calm our nerves and find peace?
When we are faced with tremors, and our institutions are crumbling around us, Rosh Hashana teaches us that the old system is dying to give way to a new, better one. The entire world is undergoing rebirth, and so are we.
And tapping into this energy of renewal is the secret to navigating our way even in the most trying of experiences, not the least of which is our trembling world.