The High Holy Days are a time for introspection, reflection, preparation, repentance, and hopefully: transformation.

Many fans and critics have commented on the theological and spiritual content of the Star Wars trilogy and my recent viewing of Return of Jedi left me convinced that Jedi is an allegory for the High Holy Days.

Make no mistake, I understand that the Emperor of Star Wars is not the God of Israel. At the same time, taking these Jedi quotes (slightly) out of context was a lot of fun and surprisingly interesting.

Rather than offering a traditional Rosh Hashanah message, I share these reflections with you:

 

During The High Holy Days we  cling to God…

“I’m locked on to the strongest power source.” Lando

“Father, I won’t leave you.” Luke Skywaker 

“Greetings exalted one, allow me to introduce myself.” Luke Skywalker

 

During The High Holy Days we try to see ourselves and our world more clearly…

“You’ll pay the price for your lack of vision.” Emperor

 

We embrace our humanity…

“It is against my programming to impersonate a deity.” C3PO

 

We drop the pretenses…

“Help me take this mask off.” Vader

 

We imagine how we might appear in God’s eyes…

“He is most displeased with your apparent lack of efforts.” Vader

 

We dedicate ourselves to living more perfect lives…

“That’s the last mistake you’ll ever make.” Luke Skywalker

 

We meditate on the passage of time… 

“Twilight is upon me, and soon light must fall.” Yoda

 

We draw on our vast spiritual resources…

“No more training you require, already know you, that which you need.” Yoda

 

We try to purify our hearts, souls, and minds…

“Beware anger, fear, agression, the dark side are they.” Yoda

 

We embrace our limited perspective…

“Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.” Obiwan

 

We stir the sleeper from his slumber…

“Hey, you awake?” Leia

 

We acknowledge life’s detours…

“I got a little sidetracked. It’s not my fault.” Solo

 

We contemplate the theology of reward and punishment…

 ”You serve your master well and you will be rewarded.” Luke Sykwaker

 

We explore our untapped potential…

“Let’s see what this piece of junk can do.” Solo

 

We wonder how it can almost be Rosh Hashanah again…

“Here we go again.” C3po

 

We seek to understand what God requires of us…

“What is thy bidding my master?” Vader

 

We try to get unstuck…

“Well, looks like I’m stuck here. Trouble is I don’t know where here is.” Leia

 

We contemplate the absurdity of the universe…

“Look it’s a hat, it’s not going to hurt you.” Leia

 

We listen to the yearning of our hearts…

“I wonder if your feelings on this matter are clear?” Emperor

 

We phone in favors…

“Why don’t you use your divine influence and get us out of this?” Solo

 

We contemplate our place in the universe…

“It appears you are to be the main course at a banquet in my honor.” C3PO

 

We unlock our potential…

“I never knew I had it in me.” C3PO

 

We celebrate our connection to the Jewish People…

“Wonderful, we are now a part of the tribe.” C3PO

 

We reach out to loved ones…

“I can save him. I can turn him back to the good side. I have to try.” Luke

 

We remember and ask God to remember…

“It is the name of your true self. You’ve only forgotten.” Luke

 

We fight our spiritual battles…

“I feel the conflict within you. Let go of your hate.” Luke

 

We count the days until Rosh Hashanah…

“Proceed with the countdown.”

 

We strip away the veneer… 

“Your overconfidence is your weakness.” Luke

 

We let ourselves be vulnerable…

“You are unwise to lower your defenses.” Vader

 

We reveal our truest selves…

“You cannot hide forever.” Vader

 

 

Shanah Tovah! May the Force be with us all in 5774!!

 

 

 

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