Back then, and now...
Cameras all looked like this, and so did the kids.
Rosh Hashanah greetings had to do with being sealed and written in the book of Life. Now, everyone wishes each other a 'sweet new year", but nothing about the Book of Life. Fascinating.
And the self-consumption world has caused us to go from Rosh Hashanah's meanings of selichot and tashlich (sorry and throwing away our sins) to family meals and dipping apples in honey. It's all about the food! And the selfie world is not only for Jewish people. It's for everyone. And it's ruining the planet.
Life is different, to be sure. And it certainly can continue to adjust... which way will it go? The Jewish watchword of "Tikkun olam" (repair the world) is a regular phrase we hear often during these 10 days. But if the world needs repair, it begs the question, "Who broke it?" and the other perhaps more important one, "Who can fix it?"
And in this 'selfie' world, would anyone really be a genuine candidate as they are usually more concerned about their world, rather than 'the world.'
Some use religion, and that's abundant at this time of year.
Some use philosophy, and ponder deep and dark things. All good, of course, but not enough to fix anything.
Some go to 12 step meetings and admit their own powerlessness, and unmanageability, but unless they surrender, to the God of heaven and earth, their admission is not really paid.
I believe the answer is in the Messiah, Yeshua, who died for our sins and rose from the dead. That resurrection validated his deity and his love, and his power to heal a broken heart and a broken planet.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son so that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3.16)
You want a sweet new year? Give your life over to the One who gave his life for you on a cross in Jerusalem almost 2,000 years ago. Back then will influence today/ now for sure!