Change: Rosh Hashanah 2020

by Adam J. Rosenbaum

The Internet is filled with amusing pictures of the absurdities of modern life. One such collection is entitled: “Wonderfully Sarcastic Responses to Well-Meaning Signs.”

An example from this collection is a picture of a vending machine; there is a small sign on it that says, “Not Accepting Change.” Below that sign, there is a Post-It note bearing the words, “Change is inevitable! Get used to it!”

Even though the vending-machine operators clearly are talking about coins, the response is vital to remember. It is impossible to think that society can or should remain stagnant when new and unanticipated scenarios come to the fore. Just as importantly, we as individuals are constantly changing, and therefore, it is irresponsible for us to think that we can always live the exact way we used to, or to think that we cannot adjust our long-held patterns of behavior.

Change is inevitable, and as our High Holiday journey commences, it behooves us to get used to it.

Shabbat Shalom and L’shanah Tovah!