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Every year on Rosh Hashanah Jews everywhere flock to Synagogues, our spiritual vaccination centers, to immunize their soul against all sorts of spiritual viruses and maladies. The sound of the shofar that emanates from the depths of the heart, pierces our hearts and fills us with antibodies to ward off hatred, arrogance, slander, and a whole list of toxic traits foreign to our Divine soul.

Rabbi Allouche
In the past few weeks, we’ve been told that “it’s time for a booster!”

Although millions across the world have now been vaccinated against covid-19, it seems that the protection from this vaccine does not last forever.

The founder of the Chassidic movement, the saintly Baal Shem Tov, teaches that “we must learn a spiritual lesson from everything that we see and hear in this world, as our world below and the heavenly world above are one.”

Therefore, dare I suggest, that the High Holidays too are all about vaccines and boosters.

Every year on Rosh Hashanah Jews everywhere flock to Synagogues, our spiritual vaccination centers, to immunize their soul against all sorts of spiritual viruses and maladies. The sound of the shofar that emanates from the depths of the heart, pierces our hearts and fills us with antibodies to ward off hatred, arrogance, slander, and a whole list of toxic traits foreign to our Divine soul.

But there are also variants to these spiritual viruses. Every year, every place, and every circumstance, produces its own moral, spiritual, and emotional challenge. Consequently, the season continues with Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in which our compassionate Heavenly Father forgives and cleanses us fully. The season then culminates with a highly-recommended Sukkot/Simchat Torah Booster. Sitting in a sukkah in the embrace of G-d, and dancing in ecstasy with our children and our Torahs, fills us with joy and gratitude that eradicates all traces of venom that still linger, and elevates us to new heights. 

And so, on this Rosh Hashanah, as we welcome the New Year of 5782, I beg you: Take care of your bodies. But don’t forget to take care of your souls too.

This year, make a decision to grow Jewishly with one more Mitzvah. Take upon yourself to create an additional connection, to build a stronger bridge, between you – the real you – and G-d.

It could be anything: from wearing Tefillin every day, or more than you do now, to affixing Mezuzot on all your doorposts, to going to the Mikvah, to lighting Shabbat candles, to helping the needy, to visiting the sick. Any Mitzvah can, and will, enrich and empower you. And you never know; your mitzvah may carry a ripple-effect and bring about positive change not just to your world, but to our entire globe.

Shana Tova U’metuka – may Hashem’s blessings fill your life with His abundance this year, in all areas, at all levels.