September 12, 2007, - 10:35 am

On Rosh HaShanah, The Jewish New Year

By Debbie Schlussel
Tonight at sundown is the start of one of the most important Jewish holidays of the year, Rosh HaShanah, the New Year. To my Jewish friends and readers, I wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year (even you, Abu Moskowitz, Peppermint Patty, and Serpenthead–you can repent for your sins against America on the holiday). Thanks to all of my readers who sent me e-mails and i- and e-cards wishing me a Happy New Year. Right Back at Ya!

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Jews Eat Apples & Honey on Rosh HaShanah

To all of my readers, I will be out of blog commission for the next two days (Thursday & Friday), in observance of the holiday. However, I’ll post more today, and my pre-written movie reviews will be posted by my webmaster on Friday morning. If I have time, I may try to write a few things for posting in my absence by my webmaster.
A little bit about the Jewish New Year esxcerpted from my post on this, last year. Myy prayers will be the same as they were then, with an additional prayer for my father who is very ill with cancer:

It is the start of the Aseret Yemay Tshuvah–the Ten Days of Repentance–during which our fate, healthwise, financially, etc.–is decreed in the Book of Life for the next year by G-d. . . .

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Man Blowing Sounds Out of the Shofar

On Rosh HaShanah, a two day holiday, we pray in synagogue for a good new year of peace, health, and prosperity for ourselves, our people, and the safety of our country, the USA, which has brought us such great opportunity to live in peace and freedom. We also pray for peace in Israel, America’s most loyal ally and the only democracy in the Middle East, too. Unlike in many of America’s (and the world’s) mosques–where hatred of America, Christians, and Jews is the order of the day in sermons, prayers, the Koran, and the Hadiths–there isn’t a single prayer we have that mentions Islam or Muslims.
Given the recent escalation in Islamic intolerance and violence, we also hope that, while we are praying and not bothering anyone, our synagogues are secure from all of those “lone,” “mentally disturbed,” “non-terror related” Muslims who attack Jewish institutions, when they know there will be a large gathering of Jews. We know that in this country–where after 9/11 the Justice Dept. started a special program devoted only to Justice for Muslims and Arabs–authorities aren’t really paying too much attention to the safety and civil rights of Christians and Jews.
I will be praying that our government is restored to people in touch with the real world, that the PC forces running the Depts. of Justice and Homeland Security, the FBI and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) will be replaced with common-sense law enforcement officials who care about justice, safety, and security of America, who care about protecting our borders and stopping the malefactors already inside the gate. I’ll be praying for the end to PC movies and TV shows painting Jews and Christians as the villains and extremist Muslims who support terrorism as kind, nice victims of prejudice. Those are just some of the things I’ll be praying for.
On Rosh HaShanah, we also hear hundreds of noises blown from a ram’s horn known as a shofar (can be the horn of certain other animals, too). The shofar is one of the most prominent symbols in Judaism. It’s used like a trumpet, takes a special skill to use, and is the horn that was blown by Israeli Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren when the Western Wall in Jerusalem was liberated from Islamists in 1967. Its sounds symbolize alarm and justice, among many other things.
On the holiday, we also eat apples with honey on top, to symbolize the sweet year that we hope to attain from G-d. My favorite are MacIntosh apples.

L’Shanah Tovah–To a Good Year!

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5 Responses

L’shana tova, Debbie to you and your family.

Witch-king of Angmar on September 12, 2007 at 1:28 pm

L’Shana Tova, Ms. Schlussel. May Hashem inscribe and seal you and your family in the Book of Life for a year of health, prosperity, happiness and safety.
chsw

chsw on September 12, 2007 at 1:49 pm

Dear Debbie;
Happy New Year! To you, and your family.
And may all of your prayers, and wishes come true.
This is year 5768?! Holy cow! You guys,(and girls), have been around a long time. And how many years have the Jews been living in the area known as Palestine? About thirty-eight hundred? And yet there are people, (guess the religion), who say that you don’t belong there. Talk about insanity.
Sincerely;
EJO

EJO on September 12, 2007 at 8:53 pm

Love this post! Happy New Year Debbie!
Amen to your prayers–I will be praying those you list here along with you!
Keep sounding the trumpet in Zion for those who love liberty to stand united together against our enemies!

BB on September 12, 2007 at 9:34 pm

Happy New Year Debbie -
Like BB said, “Amen to your Prayers” -
will pray for you. All best.

CarpeDiem on September 14, 2007 at 12:36 am

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