Why does Rosh Hashana precede Yom Kippur? Every mitzvah we do calls for preparation. On Yom Kippur we say “sorry” and seek forgiveness. What prepares us for this humbling experience? Rosh Hashana. It reminds us of God’s Kingdom and His Infinite mercy in sustaining the world. On Rosh Hashana we remember that God created the world, and “wants” it to exist. We are reminded that the universe has a purpose and we have a role to play. And only afterward, on Yom Kippur, are we ready to admit to ourselves and to God that we have fallen short, and that we need to improve.