Days of Awe
Kings have been in rather short supply in recent generations. Of course, there's still the Queen of England. She has a crown, a throne, a palace etc. Theoretically, she can even dismiss her parliament and start issuing decrees. But we all know that she'll never do that. So all the pomp and ceremony has a false ring to it.
The kings we remember from our childhood story books had majesty. There was lots of pomp and ceremony, but the pomp and ceremony meant something, represented something real. The crown on their head looked like it belonged there.
The essence of Rosh Hashanah, our sages tell us, is that it is the day on which we crown G-d king of the universe.
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