Our lives are defined by time. We tend to experience time as linear; history as a path from point “A” to point “B”. Yet despite the apparent linear flow of time, our calendar, with it’s weekly cycle, monthly cycle, and yearly cycle, begins to take on the appearance of a circle. And yet again, as we visualize these cycles within cycles repeating themselves and endlessly expanding, an elegant spiral emerges. In a sense linear and in a sense circular, our life is a spiral who’s end is folded within its beginning – a unified whole. Rosh HaShana is the sign post on this magnificent spiral; the essence of the life cycle. It’s when an old year ends and a new one begins. It’s the day we celebrate the birthday of our continued existence through Adam.
• Prepare the circles of construction paper, draw the lines for the child to cut into a spiral.
• Show the circle
“Do you see a beginning to the circle? Do you see an end to the circle?”
(no, circles don’t have beginnings or ends)
(Give examples of the cycles within our lives)
“On Rosh Hashanah we celebrate the continuity of the creation of our world.”
• Cut the paper into a spiral hold down the bottom of the spiral, lifting the top end.
“We celebrate a new year from the birth of Adam”
(point to the inner side of the spiral)
(trace your finger form the inner point of the circle point to the outer point of the spiral)
“We are continuing the cycle through a spiral. But even as it seems like there is a
beginning and an end, in truth the beginning and end are one. We are all
connected through Hashem’s oneness.”
(Place the spiral into the same position as before, making it into a circle.)
“just like the top is connected to the bottom and the bottom to the top”