There is only One Who is complete on His Own. In His creation, everything can only be noticed in contrasts.
You want Stones Table with engraved the main guidelines , G-d asks Moses. How much does that cost? It’s for free. Then I’ll have two. (The joke has a very deep basis, as many good Jewish jokes. We understood that the Law does not take away our Freedom but rather set us Free.)
Ever noticed in Israel that that it doesn’t have the Four Seasons? Spring and Autumn hardly exist.
In Winter, it’s too cold and too dark for much of Nature to blossom. In Summer it’s too hot and too dry for much to flower. However, blooming we find in the Holy Land year round. Trees can do it in December. Citrus trees flower trice a year! And as soon as there is a downpour, desert plants (also outside of the desert) soak it up like a sponge and bloom.
But there is also something very special in how the beginning of Winter and the beginning of Summer resemble each other in Nature in Israel.
Trees burgeon and flowers bud en masse. As soon as the cold and darkness depart, Israel’s Nature comes to life again. But also, as soon as the heat and dryness disappear, Israel’s Nature comes to life again. Again, trees bud and flowers burgeon en bloc.
So, Nature in Israel has two new years! And … the Jewish calendar has two beginnings too. How elegant!
The Jewish Year
The Torah has as the new year the beginning of the Month of the Exodus from Egypt, Passover. Nissan is the first month of the Jewish calendar.
But Jewish life has Rosh Hashanah as the beginning of the year. We reflect on the past year and intend to improve for the coming year. We do that year round, but at no time as intense as around Rosh Hashanah.
At Rosh Hashanah, we commemorate that G-d created Humans.
At Pesach, we commemorate that G-d created the Jewish People.
Directly after that, Jews and Gentiles trade places on the calendar.
The Feast after the High Holidays, Tabernacles, Jews celebrate that we lived miraculously for forty years in the desert.
The Festival after Pesach, Pentecost, we rejoice that Mankind received the Ten Commandments (via us, but in the desert: for all).
(Talking of which, there is one very strange Commandment in the Ten. Shabbat. Non-Jews are not even allowed to keep Shabbat the way Jews must. What is that doing in the universal Ten Commandments?
I think that this line comes to tell us that there is holiness, not only in place but also in time. It even just teaches to pay attention that there is time. If you’re not ware of time, you can’t make changes and you can’t improve well. Don’t let time go right over your head.)
So, soon we’ll celebrate the creation of people and pray for all of them, followed by how Jews miraculously survived the desert and the centuries.
In half a year’s time, we’ll celebrate the creation of the Jewish People, followed by how we, in the desert, received universal moral Law for all.
Have a great year!