Rosh Hashanah 2021

Rosh Hashanah 2021

Start: In the afternoon of September 6, 2021

Last Questions

The final judgment has been advanced.
In fact, it is imminent.
You have to catch up with great urgency, because there is no time to subtract.
Actions and omissions are worth reviewing over and over again, and not pretending even for a moment that perhaps some detail – even the smallest even – can be overlooked.
It is final. It is relentless. And being – as it is – a divine judgment, inexorably does not admit any other higher instance. It’s simple: there isn’t.

This scene, somehow tragic, has been repeated for centuries in the Hebrew tradition, irremediably, year after year.

It is precisely, and paradoxically at the same time, at the beginning of each new year, each Rosh Hashanah, that image of the unappealable is presented -to our understanding- under the format of a terminal judgment.

We are called, one by one, to pass under the divine staff, to seek that the end is finally over, and that it be postponed for another year, wishing to tread with shocked certainty that our name has again been inscribed in the book of life. .

That is why this holiday is also called Yom Hadin, the day of judgment.

And believe me it’s full of fireworks, but they burn inside.

Our sages – eager to anticipate events – carried out a sublime exercise in the Talmud.

They surreptitiously peered onto the eternal platform, duly noted the questions from the court, and presented them to us as the best end-of-the-year gift.

They are, according to them, only six, and they appear on the first folio of page 31 of the Shabbat treatise.

Savoring them little by little is justified.

The first one is already a revelation, because we would probably expect another question. She says, «Were you honest in your business?» Nothing (or all) of deep philosophy or abstract formulations. Simply if one was straight where there are so many possibilities of not being so. If the everyday was synonymous with justice, or cheating.

The second question does go to the more spiritual plane (is there a way to get there without having that supposedly more profane close-up covered very well?).

The question here is: «Did you set time for the study?» An unequivocal call to inner growth. A bet on what we can potentially become.

Third appears the dimension of the transcendent. «Did you take care of your offspring?» That is to say if your family, those who will somehow continue you, was the focus of your occupation, or if you were too busy …

The fourth question intrudes on our character. And it demands: «Did you long for salvation?» A clear bet on optimism. Those Talmudic masters knew well that the best times begin being such from the very yearning, and that they begin to be frustrated precisely at the moment in which they are despaired.

«Did you argue wisely?» is the next question on the list. It is not about avoiding the compulsives. Not even to hide anger or debauchery. It is about knowing if we did it with height, or if we fell at his feet. Evidently wisdom is better measured with the thermometer of misfortunes than with the vanes of the backwaters.

The sixth, and the last of the last questions, is key. And perhaps it encompasses all the others: «Did you understand what is inside everything?»

Catch the meaning of existence. Understand the inside of things. Capture the essence of beings without staying in your makeup. The last question, unsurprisingly, goes back to the beginning, returns to the principles.

Those of us who carry the Jewish tradition will be called to trial when we begin the new year.

The Judge’s questions are thrown.

Answering them well, before the time comes when they finally become finals, is to gradually improve the verdict.

It is by responding when it is reborn.

As with each year, as with each one.

Rabino Marcelo Polakoff

Simple and delicious recipes! Coming soon

Suggestions for reading. Coming soon

Guide of Tefilot. Coming soon

Curiosities of Rosh Hashanah! Coming soon



Agradecemos la colaboración de Alejandro Bloch, Mónica Bloch, Evelyn “Ms. Eve” Goldfinger, Gastón Bogomolni, Saúl Borowsky, Ari Burstein, Norman Cohen Falah, Aliza Eskenazi, Pablo Gabe, Leandro Galanternik, Alejandro Giudice, Sebastián Grimberg, Marcela Guralnik, Jonathan Kohan, Fernando Lapiduz, Tomás Münzer, Judith Nowominski, Joaquín Mirkin, Ana Metallino, Giselle Odiz, Claudio Pincus, Patricia Plesel, Claudio Pszemiarower, Eliana Mizrahi, Elías Rosemberg, Jonathan Sacks, Ariel Stofenmacher, Federico Surijón, Meir Szames, Dafna Telezón, Fernanda Tomchinsky, Roberto Volpe, Horacio Sherem, Diego Vovchuk, Ernesto Yattah y Nicole Zelerkraut.

También agradecemos a las siguientes organizaciones: Pincus Centre for Innovation in Education, Rabbinical Assembly, Jewish Theological Seminary, Hartman Institute, Proyecto 929, Comunidad Nueva Bnei Israel, Tali y Hadar Institute.

Con el apoyo de Masorti AmLat y Masorti Olami.