by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
As Rosh Hashanah comes, the prayer that comes to mind for most is Usana b'Tokef, Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die, Who by Fire, Who by Water... Yet, moments before the arrival of Rosh Hashanah, we're faced with a modern day Haman HaRasha, a modern day descendant of Amalek, who preaches daily his desire to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth (and destroy America shortly thereafter, but that's completely ignored). Make no mistake about it, our Father in Heaven has handed up a timely reminder.
This year, the prayer for Rosh Hashana is v'he shamda, in every generation they rise up against us.
Most years, we pray for our upcoming year, our _personal_ upcoming year. Ours, our family, our children, maybe our community. This year our Father has a message for us... pray for Klal Yisroel, pray for all of us. Pray for our brethren in Israel, under threat of the Haman of Iran, surrounded by wolves, with an enemy inside the gates more concerned with the death of Jews than their own lives, and self concerned leaders and useless politicians steering a rudderless ship. Pray for our brethren in the US and UK, with lives being thrust into turmoil by a financial crisis growing out of control with politicians more concerned about an election than preventing a depression. Pray for Klal Yisroel, where threats are going to come head to head with unbalanced excesses, giving multiple layers of risk and turmoil.
This year, while we all have our individual worries and troubles and needs, lets set those aside and focus on all of us together.
Pray for all to have a good and sweet year, a year of blessings, a year of peace, a year of shared prosperity, a year of safety where our enemies fall upon themselves, a year where we do not fear from terror or missiles or mortars or rockets or bombs or job loss or lost savings due to institutional collapse. A year when we are all well equipped to help our brothers and sisters in need.
...As we come before the Judge of judges, the King of kings, this thought was shared with me today. Remember, it just so happens that the True Judge is also our Father in Heaven. We have a bit of an in, so to speak. This year, we may need to take advantage of it.
We wish all our readers a good and sweet new year, and may we all be granted the ultimate in blessings, the coming of Moshiach tzidkaynu, mamosh, today.
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא