September 28, 2011, - 5:45 pm

Rosh HaShanah: To My Friends & Readers

By Debbie Schlussel

To my friends and readers:  tonight at sundown, the Jewish holiday of Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year, begins.  It is one of the two most important holidays in Judaism, with the other being Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.  The holiday, outside of Israel, lasts for two days, so I will be out of live blog commission for the next two days.  However, I’ve prepared a few posts in advance, including my Friday movie reviews, which will go up in my absence.  There will be at least a couple of things you won’t read and will not have read anywhere else but on this site.  I will also post a couple more things, today.  So, stay tuned.  Below are a couple of my favorite Rosh HaShanah postcards from my collection, including one that Jews sent in support of America’s troops in World War I, and a cool ’60s or ’70s postcard of an Israeli soldier and his girlfriend.  (Later, I’ll post a few Rosh HaShanah postcards sent by Jewish American soldiers serving in the U.S. Armed Forced during World War II.)

Although it’s called a “New Year,” Rosh HaShanah is not a time for partying and the like that you normally associate with “New Year” celebrations.  It’s an earnest and serious time in which we spend a good deal of the day in synagogue praying that G-d will forgive us for our sins and inscribe us in the Book of Life, inscribe us for a year of health and happiness, success and peace.  It begins the Ten Days of Repentance in Judaism, which ends with Yom Kippur, when our fate is sealed.

On Rosh HaShanah, we eat apples (my faves are McIntosh and Fuji) with honey and ask G-d to bless us with a a year as sweet as apples with honey.  Some people also eat several other foods, including pomegranate and carrots, which symbolize good things.


As we pray in our synagogues, you will not hear our rabbis calling for violence and destruction and preaching hate and genocide, as is the case in mosques all over the world, including in America.  Our rabbis will sermonize about peace and what we can do to be better people spiritually.  That is the Jewish way.  In synagogue, we will also hear a man blow many different sounds out of a ram’s horn, called the “shofar,” and we are obligated to hear all the sounds.

Man Blowing Sounds Out of the Shofar

At synagogue, I will be praying for a good and peaceful year for our country and that G-d will bless America with prosperity and freedom uninfringed by politically correct pandering to Muslims and other malefactors. I will pray for secure borders and continued safety for those of us who get it and dare to speak out against the Islamic encroachment. I will pray for the safety and security of our troops serving in the U.S. Armed Forces all over the world, including my cousin who serves in the U.S. Air Force. I will pray for America’s economy to get better and for our country to return to the greatness that is now tarnished. I will also pray for all of my friends, Jewish and gentile, for their continued health and happiness and financial livelihood.  These are dangerous times we live in, and I will ask G-d to keep us safe, secure, and free.

To my Jewish friends and readers who sent me New Year’s wishes, I regret that I cannot respond to each of you individually, but I reciprocate your good wishes and say, “Ktivah v’Chatimah Tovah”–May You Be Written and Sealed (by G-d) for a Good Year.  L’Shanah Tovah–To a Good Year.

To my gentile friends and readers, thank you to the many of  you who also sent me New Year’s greetings and good wishes.  And thanks for your continued support, friendship, and readership.  I am blessed to have you.  And I  hope you will read my new stuff posted in my absence.

Y’all come back now, ya hear!

26 Responses

L’Shanah Tovah Debbie!

Mike on September 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm

That was excellent Debbie, since I’m one of you’re many “gentile” readers/posters & fans that comments here and on you’re facebook page (and other facebook pages as well), I want to say “L’Shanah Tovah” to you DS (even though I don’t understand the hebrew language).

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on September 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Oh and BTW, I almost forgot, that girl in that picture with the Israeli soldier (correct me if I’m wrong on that) is gorgeous, hot and very cute looking!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on September 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm

L’Shanah Tovah Debbie. Wishing you a blessed new year.

Mominminnesota on September 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm


    JeffE on October 1, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Its the beginning of the civil year. The Torah lists Passover as the beginning of the religious year. But Jewish kings always began their reign in the civil year and that’s how Rosh Hashana became the custom for setting yers ever since in the Hebrew Calendar. It will be Tishrei 5772.

L’Shana Tova and Ktivah v’Chatimah Tovah to all our Jewish friends and may they be sealed in the Book Of Life for the coming year and may G-d judge us all worthy of our thoughts and deeds for the coming year. And a happy, healthy and sweet new year to all!

NormanF on September 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Would you do me (and probably a lot of other people who regularly post here) a favor and explain exactly what happened 5772 years ago that is being commemorated? I tried looking it up on Wikipedia but the findings were extremely vague.

    Irving on September 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm

A blessed New Year to all of DS’ Jewish readership.

I had meant to prepare (as a Gentile) to celebrate RH this year myself, but alas, the preparation got away for me. I hope to do so next year.

“There will be at least a couple of things you won’t read and will not have read anywhere else but on this site”.

That’s why we come here! Yay!

Skunky on September 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Coming from a non religious person, I sincerely wish you a great New Year and all of the success in the world. Keep up the great work.

Forsberg on September 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Thank you for your thoughtful prayers Debbie.

May your coming year be blessed with peace, love and prosperity.

Many prayers are coming from the gentiles, especially here in America, for the safety, well-being and prosperity of Israel and for all the Jewish people the world over.

We are indeed on the precipice of seemingly dark and dangerous times and like you, I desperately want peace too. I hope with all my heart our beloved G_d hears the prayers of the Jews and Christians alike. I pray that Jews and Christians will hold steady in our faith and G_d will see us through to brighter, happier, more peaceful and prosperous days.

Kairn on September 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I wish you well on Rosh Hashanah.

Worry01 on September 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm

From a fierce;y proud agnostic, I wish everyone a L’Shanah Tova, regardless of faith or lack thereof.

My father (Of Blessed Memory) always told me to never forget who I was and where I came from. Even though I don’t really follow the faith (my Mom’s a Gentile – long story), I respect and keep the High Days with reverence, as a reminder to count whatever blessings I have left in my life.

Long life and respect to all.

The Reverend Jacques on September 29, 2011 at 5:56 am

Happy New Year Debbie & to all those observing Rosh HaShanah, may you know G_d’s love & may this great nation be great again when the people turn to the truth & put G_d first.

A_Zion_State_0'mind on September 29, 2011 at 7:12 am

Irving, this information comes from Wikipedia on the Jewish calendar:

The present counting method for years use the Anno Mundi epoch (Latin for “in the year of the world”, ?????? ?????), abbreviated AM or A.M. and also referred to as the Hebrew era. Hebrew year 5771 (a leap year) began on 9 September 2010 and ends on 28 September 2011. Hebrew year 5772 begins at sunset on 28 September 2011 and ends on 16 September 2012.

John K on September 29, 2011 at 11:46 am

    You just confirmed what I said earlier about Wikipedia. Perhaps when Debbie begins posting again, she can answer my question, which I’ll reiterate: “What momentous event happened 5772 years ago that is viewed by the Jewish people as being so important that it is actually used to measure time?”

    Irving on September 29, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      Year of the World – Wouldn’t that be the beginning of the world and the number of years counted from Genesis?

      John K on October 1, 2011 at 10:11 am

“And thanks for your continued support, friendship, and readership. I am blessed to have you. And I hope you will read my new stuff posted in my absence.”

Debbie, I have to say this is touching. I don’t know that I’ve seen another blogger that as sincerely cares as much about the readers.

Your articles show you are quite the tigress. I enjoy reading.

May God bless you this holiday season and throughout the year.

John K on September 29, 2011 at 11:55 am

Debbie, and Debbie’s polite readers (not the nasty, hate filled attackers), Peace, Harmmony, Love, Prosperity to you all, and a Happy New Year – Rosh HaShana.

William on September 29, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Debbie, L’Shanah Tova. To everyone else. A Happy and Healthy New Year to my jewish brother and sisters out there. May everyone have a healthy, loving and prosperous year(s) to come. For the jewish people in name only, I ask that you get your head out of the sand…and wake up. No reason to be ashamed. I was born and apparently raised jewish and quite proud of being jewish. As for the non-jews who support Israel and real jews around the world….May G-D always bless you and your loved ones.

Rick S on September 29, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Have to agree with Sean R. as concerns the girl in the photo with the Israeli soldier. Can’t be, of course, but she does look an awful lot like Lea Michele . . .

jc15 on September 29, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Debbie – Blessings on you and yours.

Tanstaafl on September 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Rosh Hashanah is also two days in Israel.

Richard on October 2, 2011 at 1:46 am

Since rosh Hashana will be celebrated soon,I wish you chag sameach. Also wanted to know whether you would sell any of your shana tova postcards. Thank You

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