.... One of the secret benefits of our commemoration of the arrival of a new year on Rosh Hashanah is the gift of turning a new page in our life’s book. We preface the arrival of the new year by stating:
“May the misfortunes of the past year be ended and may the blessings of the new year now commence.”
The ability to get past previous troubles and failures and move on in life is one of the essential ingredients of a Jewish life that is directed towards holiness and eternity. King Solomon in Proverbs teaches us: “The righteous person may fall seven times but he rises!” Both the righteous and those who are less than righteous fall. Such is the human condition – fragile, inconsistent and imperfect.
However, the righteous person always rises and makes a new beginning. He or she refuses to wallow in the despondency of his or her fallen condition whereas those that are less than righteous eventually do not attempt to raise themselves from their own pit of despair and sin. This stark message of the definition of righteousness in contrast to evil is one of the main lessons of Rosh Hashanah and the advent of a new year.