By Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht
Beth Israel Chabad of Westport/Norwalk, CT

There is something very special about the Jewish calendar year. Especially its beginning.
The Jewish New Year 5784, that celebrates the Creation of the Universe, begins this Sabbath,
and continues through Sunday at nightfall.

Jewish People throughout the world, residing on every continent, observe with dedication the
first two-days of the year as being Rosh Hashanah. In Israel too. Rosh Hashanah is observed as
being a two-day observance. So, it has been for thousands of years and will continue to be so
until the Messiah arrives.

Thus, Rosh Hashanah is referred to as being a Yoma Ariktha – a long day, i.e., a forty-eighthour observance, for Rosh Hashanah is observed for two days.

The Sages inform us that “Lo Adieu Rosh.” That the first day of the Jewish New Year never
begins on a Sunday, Wednesday, or Friday. (Tur: Shulchan Aruch- Orech Chaim: 428). Why this
is, for another time, so as not to complicate the message.

The three Hebrew leters of Aleph, Dalet, Vov, when pronounced as a word, is very much similar
in sound, to the French word “Adieu” that translates as goodbye.

It is providential indeed that the Rosh Hashanah holiday is not a time to dwell on saying
goodbye to the old year, on the past, on history alone, rather it is time to dwell on the New Year
and the potential for new accomplishments and atainment in the coming year.

Rosh Hashanah is the general commitment of accepting the Sovereignty of Al-might G-D upon
us and commiting to renewed energy and life afforded to us with the advent of the New year.
Indeed, let us not dwell on the past year alone as the statement of our Sages says it all. “Lo
Adieu Rosh” – Rosh Hashanah is a time not for goodbye but rather looking forward.

The rectifications required and repair of the past misdeeds are the days of repentance that conclude with YOM KIPPUR.

Rosh Hashanah is the time to be looking forward and acting positive by accepting with new
energy and commitment the observance of the Torah and Mitzvah commandments and
comming ourselves to our Peoplehood, that enables us to repair the world and to contribute
to the tikkun olom that is needed. So, within the last days of the old year – we bid you adieu,
au revoir – farewell and goodbye.

May the blessings of the New Year 5784 begin for a good and sweet year for all of Israel and
the humanity, Amen.