#ExploreElul 28: Return
Today’s topic is Return.
When I was a kid, my family would go to the beach in the summer. After checking the newspaper in the morning for the tide times (old school, I know), we would make our way to the beach and set up our blanket for the day.
My siblings and I loved low tide, when we could walk far out in the shallow water and play in the sandbars. As a kid, the tides of the ocean seemed like magic, how every day, offset by one hour, the tide would rise and fall.
Of course, the tides aren’t actually magic, there is a scientific reason they return to high and low positions every day--it’s because of the gravitational pull of the moon as the Earth rotates.
Each year we return to our new year because of the Earth’s rotational pattern, as well. The Earth returns in its cycle around the Sun each year, and we celebrate Rosh Hashanah each fall.
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