As we count our days, weeks, and months, we are reminded that in every moment we have the potential to recreate ourselves and the world around us.
In the book of Bereishit (Genesis), the first book of the Torah, we read “there was evening and there was morning, [the] first day.” Each act of creation was counted in its own time. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel teaches that creation did not happen only once. Rather, creation is a constant process; every moment in time can be viewed as an act of creation. This understanding of creation invites us to participate in its unfolding process. Marking time with awareness and intention is one way to do that. And when we do this, we connect with Bereishit’s primal acts of creation. New things, experiences and ideas are created through recognition—what we notice and recognize are then created.
Paying attention to time is at the heart of Jewish living; sanctifying time is how we make each moment holy. The Jewish calendar encourages us to create meaning by counting time:
As we count our days, weeks, and months, we are reminded that creation is a continual process. Creation is happening all around us, and every moment can lead us to acts of (re)creating ourselves and the world around us.
By Rabbi Roni Handler
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