In the plains of Moab, Moshe has gathered together the children of Israel from the least to the greatest (Deut 29:9-12). You are standing today, all of you, before Ha Shem, your GOD. The heads of your tribes, your elders and officers, all the men of Israel; your small children, your women, and your proselyte who is in the midst of your camp, from the hewer of your wood to the drawer of your water, in order to establish you today as a people to Him and that He be a GOD to you.
GOD is telling us that He has established a relationship, a covenant with us. At this time of year, we are given a time of deep introspection. We think about where we stand with Ha Shem, with our family and our neighbors.
With the High Holy Days in mind, let the Scriptures speak! Blow the trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm! (Joel 2:1) Rend your hearts and not your garments and return to the Lord, your GOD, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness.
This should be a time of reflection in knowing that we have to be aware that our time here could be taken at any moment (Ecclesiastes 9:12). We must come to Ha Shem now. This time and season tells us to rend our heart and come to Him who loves us and cares for us. Not just us who are called by His name, but also the entire world (John 3:16).
At this time we need to come to Him and declare total devotion to love GOD with all of our hearts, share the love of Ha Shem (love our neighbors), share His light (1John 1:5), and invite all those that GOD brings to you with a true and caring heart to His banquet (Luke 14:12-15).
During this time of introspection and promise, let us pray for ourselves, our nation, to turn back to GOD (Teshuva). We must share love and kindness with those Ha Shem brings across our path. Our prayer is that this coming Rosh Ha Shannah would be a time of deep reflection and of showing sincere love and care for all.