Tonight is Rosh Hashanah. During Rosh Hashanah we celebrate the Jewish New Year; we dress up nicely and dip foods in honey representing sweetness for the new year to come. Rosh Hashanah is categorized as a chag, a holiday. One might also look at the fact that on most other chagim we say the prayer of Hallel, a prayer which is a staple of happiness in Judaism, however, on Rosh Hashanah we do not say Hallel. It seems as if this holiday is inconsistent with its qualities. On one hand we call it a chag and dip foods in honey, yet, on the other hand we exclude the song of Hallel.
Rabbi Noson mentions that the triumphs of the shofar in and of itself is a song as it contains ten types of songs. Each and every thanksgiving, prayer, and blessing said on Rosh Hashanah are within the ten noises that the shofar makes. One may look at this statement and assume that the shofar contains every variation of praises we sing to G-d.
Rabbi Noson also states that if you seek Teshuvah (repentance) we ought to let go of our mistakes and wrongdoings and move on. We should recognize and celebrate our successes and triumphs; even ones that, in hindsight, seem small. These mini victories, when one embarks on repentance, constitute a song of happiness, stimulating our inner shofar. These small good deeds may seem insignificant, however, Rabbi Nachman states one good act leads to the next.
It is this Hallel, stimulating our inner shofar, that we celebrate on Rosh Hashanah: bringing our good deeds to the table and actualising our inner goodness. Therefore there is no need to say Hallel as we already have Hallel within us.
Even with the hardships we are experiencing now, we must not give up on showing derech eretz (respect), and doing Avodat Hashem and we must always endeavour to do the right thing. Now let us all ask ourselves, how will we stimulate our inner shofar?
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach,
David, Grade 11