Rosh Hashanah is the day of judgment, and as such one would expect it to be the final day of the year - this way we can be judged for what we have done over the past year. However, as its name suggests, this is not so. Rosh Hashanah is the first day of the new year. Howzat? As Rav Wolbe highlights, the idea is that on Rosh Hashanah we are not judged for what we have done over the previous year - we are judged by who we are at the present moment. We are judged according to how much we can presently commit to reflecting HaShem’s glory in this world and how prepared we are to live spiritual lives. Rosh Hashanah is not about the past. It’s about the present.

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