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Rosh Hashanah: Transformation of the Soul
Understanding Rosh Hashanah from a Kabbalistic point of view:

Simply, Rosh Hashanah is Adam's birthday. The day that G-d created Mankind: The One Soul of Adam is what we are. Adam's Soul was split apart:  this is what we are in our essence. The Fall, simply was turning away from G-d's attributes, rather than towards God's attributes. In remembering our purpose--- to emulate G-d, to become the essence of the Divine, we pray, repeat and meditate on the 13 attributes of G-d. Our goal is to raise our consciousness: embrace the Divine qualities as our own-- not our Human qualities such as our Ego. It is about transformation: transformation to being more like G-d. In Kabbalistic terms we are focusing on raising ourselves higher on the Tree of Life: raising our consciousness. More importantly, we are focusing on being more consistently in a state of higher consciousness. Finally, we hear about Rosh Hashanah, that it is a time of judgment. I would say it is more like a measurement, rather than a judgment. On this day you are 6 foot high, rather than 5'10" high. The requirement might be 7 foot to reach G-d's throne. (I'm 5' 0"s, so please no email on height issues. It's an analogy.)

On the day we all reach our "height"--our messiah consciousness ((christ consciousness, higher-self, our Buddha self, our god-self--people us many names)) -- actually represented by the Tree of Life, we will have achieved everlasting peace, unconditional love, a place in this Garden of Eden, the Sabbath of the world, etc, etc. This is known as being in a messianic era. This measurement is also about transforming your past misdeeds. From a Kabbalistic point of view it includes your Tikkun or karma.

Therefore, Rosh Hashanah is about changing your past and preparing for a more enlightened future. Here is a list of what I do to do this:

  1. Take a piece of paper and draw a line vertically down the middle. On the left side title it: Past Behavior.  On the right side title it: Future Behavior

  2. On the left side, before Monday night make a list of sins, mis-deeds, people you want forgiveness from, behavior that you want to change, people you want to forgive, patterns that need changing, habits to break, etc. etc.

  3. On the right side, recreate yourself by looking at the 13 attributes of G-d. (See the link below.)

  4. Before sundown on Monday read the left side and make a commitment to change the items on the left side.

  5. Meditate and pray for the transformation of these "mid-deeds."

  6. If you are attending a service or not: meditate and repeat the 13 attributes below. Remember your goal is to emulate them.

  7. Connect with the Creator-- emulate the attributes, connect with the energy of the Tree of Life, keep your focus on the right side of your paper.

  8. Keep this focus until Yom Kippur. It is at Yom Kippur that G'd's energy is given for the year to come. That is why it is called the Day of Atonement: you find out how high you are.

  9. After the two days of Rosh Hashanah focus on the right side: creating a new life, transformed, free of Tikkun. It becomes your mantra.

  10. If you are going to services or using the Kabbalistic prayer books yourself, connecting with the Hebrew prayers, 13 attributes and the Torah will bring you more Light and make the transformation to the Light easier.

  11. If you are not going to services or do not have a prayer book: meditate on the "72 names of God."  Do the exercises above.

For a wonderful Kabbalistic interpretation of Rosh HaShanah go to this site:

It includes a course on the 13 attributes:


Each year, as the days of Selichos pass, we become more and more familiar with the recitation of the thirteen attributes of G-d. Rav Moshe Kordevaro teaches however, that by reciting G-d's attributes we are not yet there.  We must emulate them.  This is the essence of being created in the image of G-d.  We have the potential to act in a G-dly fashion.

The Ramak uses the thirteen attributes as described by the prophet Micah.  In these shiurim, based on the writings of Kordevaro, we will learn about G-d but even more important about ourselves and just how G-dly we can become."

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Attribute #1 - Mi Kel Kamocha

Attribute #2 - Noseh Avon
Attribute #3 - Over Al Pesha
Attribute #4 - She'erith Nachlato
Attribute #5 - Lo Hechzik La'ad Apo
Attribute #6 - Ki Chaffetz Chessed Hu

First Attribute:

It is proper for man to emulate his Creator, for then he will attain the secret of the Supernal Form in both image (tzelem) and likeness (demut). For if a person's physical form reflects the Supernal Form, yet his actions do not, he falsifies his stature. People will say of him, "A handsome form whose deeds are ugly." For the essential aspect of the Supernal 'Form' and 'Likeness' is that they are the deeds of the Holy One, Blessed Be He. Therefore, what good is it for a person to reflect the Supernal Form in physical form only if his deeds do not imitate those of his Creator? Thus, it is proper that man's actions imitate the Thirteen Supernal Attributes of Mercy - the functions of the sefirah of keter - hinted at in these verses:

Who is G-d like You, who pardons iniquity and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not maintain His anger forever, for He delights in kindness. He will again show us compassion, He will vanquish our iniquities, and You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Show faithfulness to Yaakov, kindness to Avraham, which You have sworn to our fathers from days of old.
(Michah 7-18-20)

Consequently, it is proper that these Thirteen Attributes, which we will now explain, should also be found in man."

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