September 22, 2006, - 9:46 am

To My Friends & Readers on Rosh HaShanah

By Debbie Schlussel
**** UPDATE: Thanks to all of my readers who sent me i- and e-cards wishing me a Happy New Year. I regret that I cannot respond to each of you individually, but very much appreciate your good wishes and send them right back at ya! ****
As many of you know, tonight at sundown the Jewish holiday of Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year, begins. It is one of the most important holidays in Judaism. 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.
To my Jewish friends and readers, I wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year. Gmar Chatimah Tovah–May You Be Inscribed (in the Book of Life) for (a) Good (Year). Even you, Abu Moskowitz, Peppermint Patty, and Mr. Burns (you, too, have this opportunity to repent for your sins over the past year).

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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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9 Responses

Peppermint Patty is Jewish? :-)
(Don’t know about Mr. Burns either, but I’ve seen that elsewhere…. :-))
Anyway, Happy New Year to you too….

hairymon on September 22, 2006 at 10:29 am

Debbie, I hope that you have a good and happy Rosh HaShanah. I pray quite frequently to ask our Lord to keep you and your family safe from harm. I love the Jewish faith, without it there would not be a Christian faith. I look forward to the day that we may meet, either in this world or in Heaven. Jews are G-dís chosen people, this I know because my Bible says it is so.

Rocky on September 22, 2006 at 10:38 am

Happy New Year Debbie.

anonymous twit on September 22, 2006 at 11:31 am

L/ Shanah Tovah my friend!

lonewolf on September 22, 2006 at 7:51 pm

Happy New Year, too. Thanks for the post.

Jeremiah on September 22, 2006 at 8:07 pm

Just stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year and nothing but good things for the duration :)

PsychoKat on September 23, 2006 at 3:06 pm

Happy New Year, Debbie and I’m glad to hear you’re in court – gotta keep some bucks coming in. You must work about 20 hours per day. You should be a talk host – you’d be great at it. I always enjoyed you on Tom Hughes News on WGST in Atlanta.

MM on September 19, 2009 at 12:44 pm

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