Every year prior to Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year and first of the High Holidays, this verse is read in synagogues all over the world. It describes the redemption of the Jewish people and their physical return to the Land of Israel where they will fulfill God’s promise that we will possess it
. What is the deep connection between the Land and the High Holidays? One of the central themes of Rosh Hashana is simultaneously the time to recognize God’s dominion over the whole world and to restore and cherish our personal relationship with Him. However, even the deepest and most loving relationship with the Creator is not complete without His Land. Only at the time of the complete return of the People of Israel to the Land of Israel will all the world recognize God as the King of the World.
We are just moments away from entering Rosh Hashana, one of the Holiest days of the year. While countless Jews gather to express their love and devotion to God, asking for a year of renewed life, there are unfortunately all too many who take this time to beg for more than a sweet year ahead; they beg for a sustainable life, a year without poverty.