Spiritual Empowerment and Rosh Hashanah: a Jewish parallel to the Christian idea of the transforming Holy Spirit of God (i.e., Judaism and Christianity have more in common than many people think).
The New Testament teaches a theology of repentance which is identical in spirit to the Jewish traditions for the Days of Awe (from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur). This is interesting because many from the evangelical Christian stream object when they encounter the repentance emphasis of Judaism as if this is some kind of primitive, sub-Christian teaching. It is actually the reverse. When pop-Christianity mistakes grace for the obsolescence of repentance, it is pop-Christianity that is being sub-Christian.
Maimonides on repentance. We all can use these bits of wisdom and insight into the Bible and rabbinic tradition. These sayings would make great readings at a Rosh Hashanah Seder or in a d’rash at one of the Rosh Hashanah services at your congregation. Christians will also appreciate this wisdom and it would be interesting for someone to find parallels in Christian literature, such as in Thomas a Kempis.
The best Rosh Hashanah story ever. A guaranteed winner at any Rosh Hashanah gathering. It should be told every year.