September 16, 2012, - 5:12 pm

Rosh HaShanah: To My Readers & Friends; How American Soldiers Celebrated in World War II

By Debbie Schlussel

To my friends and readers: tonight at sundown, the Jewish holiday of Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year, begins (it ends Tuesday Night). It is one of the two most important holidays in Judaism, with the other being Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. The holiday 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, which will go up in my absence–stuff you won’t read anywhere else but on this site. So, stay tuned. Below are a couple of my favorite pics (from my collection of Jewish-American military memorabilia) of Jewish-American soldiers in World War II at Rosh HaShanah services in 1944. Also, don’t miss the postcards I posted from Jewish-American soldiers serving in the U.S. Armed Forces in World War II that I posted in the past and the patriotic postcard from Jewish-Americans praying for America and victory in World War I as well as a couple of postcards of Israeli soldiers wishing a Happy New Year.



Jewish-American Soldiers at Rosh HaShanah Services During World War II, September 17, 1944

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 what is known in Judaism as 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, though Braeburn will do) 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.

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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. Jews don’t attack American embassies and murder the ambassadors and security staff, but we do pray for the well-being of our country and that would include our embassies and their personnel. Contrary to the usual at the mosques, 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.

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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, that our freedom of speech is not encroached by fear of what the savage descendants of Ismael might do and have already done. As always, 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. Armed Forces and has done several tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other lands of the greatly uncivilized followers of Mohammed. I will pray for America’s economy to get better and for our country to return to the greatness that is now tarnished (though I know that likely won’t happen soon, no matter who is elected in November). 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 U’Metukah–To a Good and Sweet 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. As always, you are in my prayers. And I hope you will read my new stuff posted in my absence.

I’ll see you again, live, on Tuesday Night. And I have a big blockbuster piece coming out in the next few days. Y’all come back now, ya hear!


Translation: “A Year of Peace & Security”

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54 Responses

Same to you!! Wonderful post;wish everyone could read it.

Harold Shalett

Harold Shalett on September 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Thank you, Debbie, and same to you and the rest of the Jewish readers here.

JeffE on September 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Drones will soon replace guards as protectors of embassies. A stay at home mom using a desktop monitor will be able to fire a missile at violent protestors. No longer is military communication centers needed, mothers while nursing their young can press a button sending a mob of Mujahedin to paradise.

chowching on September 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm

L’Shana Tova !!!

StillShakingMyHead on September 16, 2012 at 5:55 pm

What is more ominous than Berkeley Professor
Judith Butler calling for a boycott of Israel,
as a guest speaker at the Berlin Jewish Museum.
Now that a L’Shana Tova.

Debbie Luvs Shiksas on September 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm

“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.”

True, but our rabbis *should* be calling for violence against Muslims. Muslims in Eretz Israel have created a situation of defensive holy war (milchemet mitzvah), which requires Jews to slaughter them. Given that Muslims everywhere support the Muslims who attack Eretz Israel, these Muslims too should be killed.

Our rabbis are, generally speaking, cowards. They will not even SAY anything about the evil of Islam, even though Muslims are pretty obviously Amalekites, which we are commanded to wipe out to the last man, woman, and child. Of course, given milchemet mitzvah, these “people” should be slaughtered even if they were not Amalekites.

Jew are rarely required to be violent, but there are times. These are as much a part of Judaism as “peace,” which is more of an outcome of proper statecraft than a goal to be sought after.

These objections motivate me not to join in religious celebrations any longer.

Nonetheless, L’Shana Tovah, Debbie. :)

skzion on September 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    @G.O.,

    So what are you trying to be, like the Jews’ answer to Hitler?

    And something tells me that you were already looking for an excuse to sit this one out.

    Statusmonkey on September 17, 2012 at 1:21 am

      @ stupid scum

      How long have you been a Democratic operative?

      I correctly state halacha, specifically, Rambam, Laws of Kings. This is another area where your stridency exceeds your knowledge (are there any areas where it does not?). It’s nice that you think that Judaism looks like Nazism.

      As for what you are told or not told: who cares?

      skzion on September 17, 2012 at 10:34 am

        @Gay Obama,

        DID you state it correctly? If you switch the two religions around, your little Rosh Hashana post could easily have been written by some insane Muslim cleric. Right?

        I’d say that if anyone here thinks “Judaism resembles Nazism,” it is YOU. Or at least you wish it did.

        Statusmonkey on September 17, 2012 at 11:54 am

          People who have been reading my posts about monkey lately have noticed that I consider him a think-skinned moron, a bragging and ignorant windbag, and an intellectually dishonest poser. Today I’ve asserted that he may also be a Democratic operative taking an unusual approach. That last assertion is the only one about which there can be any doubt.

          Now our monkey plays the old “swap the names” game, i.e., if a Muz said this, what would we think? Evidently he didn’t even bother to look up the reference I gave. I’m no posek, so my readings have no halachic authority whatsoever. But we do have to have our own readings, and we cannot trust the “sages” unthinkingly.

          Links to the relevant material: http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1188343/jewish/Melachim-uMilchamot.htm

          http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1188349/jewish/Chapter-5.htm

          The point where I went beyond my material was what Jews in the Diaspora should do to Muslims outside of Eretz Israel. I wrote what I thought, but this is a difficult area and well beyond my level of knowledge. That said, today’s “rabbis” can’t be trusted, especially those in Israel, who violate clear Halacha (as shown in the links above).

          With this in mind, Judaism is not at all like Nazism or Islam (leaving aside that it is from G-d, not from Nordic myths or from satan). Jews are not allowed to attempt to seize control of the world and force global conversion of unbelievers or to murder them. Jews in the diaspora must follow local law when there is a conflict between it and Jewish law. Obviously, this is utterly different from Islam. Jews do have special obligations to fellow Jews, but they have obligations to non-Jews as well and are not to treat non-Jews poorly as a matter of course. In sum, Judaism, as I understand it, has a very narrow range of action in the diaspora, though a much wider range of action in Eretz Israel.

          Judaism is not Christianity. Jews are not to turn the other cheek (which has never precluded war in Christendom anyway). Jews are not permitted to allow Muslims to wage a war against Jews and Jewish control in Eretz Israel. And, at minimum, “rabbis” in America are not allowed to play footsie with Muslims who aid and abet the Muslim nation in perpetrating a forbidden war against Jews.

          There is disagreement about collective responsibility, with Rambam in support of it. That would extend individual Muslim culpability to all Muslims. But really, any believing Muslim does individually support the evil war of Islam against Judaism if only by his “charity.” Judaism does not require proof beyond a reasonable doubt for each killer Muslim taken out in Israel.

          skzion on September 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm

          People who have been reading my posts about monkey lately have noticed that I consider him a think-skinned moron, a bragging and ignorant windbag, and an intellectually dishonest poser. Today I’ve asserted that he may also be a Democratic operative taking an unusual approach. That last assertion is the only one about which there can be any doubt.

          Now our monkey plays the old “swap the names” game, i.e., if a Muz said this, what would we think? Evidently he didn’t even bother to look up the reference I gave. I’m no posek, so my readings have no halachic authority whatsoever. But we do have to have our own readings, and we cannot trust the “sages” unthinkingly.

          Links to the relevant material: www . chabad. org / library/article_cdo/aid/1188343/jewish/Melachim-uMilchamot.htm

          www . chabad . org / library / article_cdo / aid/1188349/jewish/Chapter-5.htm

          (Please remove blanks. I put them in to avoid this comment being subject to “moderation.”)

          The point where I went beyond my material was what Jews in the Diaspora should do to Muslims outside of Eretz Israel. I wrote what I thought, but this is a difficult area and well beyond my level of knowledge. That said, today’s “rabbis” can’t be trusted, especially those in Israel, who violate clear Halacha (as shown in the links above).

          With this in mind, Judaism is not at all like Nazism or Islam (leaving aside that it is from G-d, not from Nordic myths or from satan). Jews are not allowed to attempt to seize control of the world and force global conversion of unbelievers or to murder them. Jews in the diaspora must follow local law when there is a conflict between it and Jewish law. Obviously, this is utterly different from Islam. Jews do have special obligations to fellow Jews, but they have obligations to non-Jews as well and are not to treat non-Jews poorly as a matter of course. In sum, Judaism, as I understand it, has a very narrow range of action in the diaspora, though a much wider range of action in Eretz Israel.

          Judaism is not Christianity. Jews are not to turn the other cheek (which has never precluded war in Christendom anyway). Jews are not permitted to allow Muslims to wage a war against Jews and Jewish control in Eretz Israel. And, at minimum, “rabbis” in America are not allowed to play footsie with Muslims who aid and abet the Muslim nation in perpetrating a forbidden war against Jews.

          There is disagreement about collective responsibility, with Rambam in support of it. That would extend individual Muslim culpability to all Muslims. But really, any believing Muslim does individually support the evil war of Islam against Judaism if only by his “charity.” Judaism does not require proof beyond a reasonable doubt for each killer Muslim taken out in Israel.

          skzion on September 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

          @Gay Obama,

          I guess you can measure the effectiveness of my comment by the length of the reply.

          Sounds like you think you know better than the “cowardly” rabbis you criticize. I’m sure.

          The only difference I see between your outlook (thankfully shared by few) and the Islamists is that they at least give their enemies the option to convert instead of being killed.

          I guess I’ll leave it at that, lest the Rosh Hashana post become a Gay Obama – Skuzz flame war.

          Statusmonkey on September 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm

L’shanah tovah Debbie!

Mike on September 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Darn it! “Thin-skinned,” not “think-skinned.”

    skzion on September 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm

May you and yours enjoy a blessed new year Debbie! Let us pray that it will be a year of peace, but if we cannot have peace then let us pray that our leaders have the fortitude to prevail. L’Shana Tovah!

Sean M on September 16, 2012 at 8:39 pm

L’Shanah Tovah to all of DS’ Jewish fans and readers! Hope your New Year goes well and your fates are all good, positive thing!

Skunky on September 16, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Take care. Enjoy your holiday.

samurai on September 16, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Very interesting site. Learned a great deal about Rosh Hashanah. Have a happy, peaceful holiday. When the holiday passes can you please return my call?

Deborah Dobbs on September 16, 2012 at 10:04 pm

I’m guessing few US soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan would dare celebrate Rosh HaShanah while in those hellholes. Which is why – they should be pulled out of there while they can.

Infidel on September 16, 2012 at 10:09 pm

It is supposedly the year 5773. I have no idea what event happened five thousand, seven hundred and seventy three years ago that is considered so important that people actually use it to measure time, and probably never will. Nobody seems to know. Google searches come up empty, as does Wikipedia. I’m beginning to suspect that it’s just some arbitrary date that some long forgotten obscure rabbi made up. If anyone cares to shed any light on this topic, I’m all eyes.

Irving on September 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Try the CREATION OF THE UNIVERSE, Irving. The first day of Creation is 25 Elul, my birthday, and Rosh Hashana is the 6th day, when man was created.

    Italkit on September 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      And Debbie is right about the solemnity for Ashkenazi Jews. We Sephardim look for reasons to hold a party. Even Yom Kippur starts to feel happy in the afternoon because it’s the day we believe Messiah will come. We change into white clothes and the mood grows increasingly festive. But on RH, we are always happy and after we come back from the synagogue, we feast. Even our Slichot which we do for the entire month of Elul is sung in joyous melodies.

      Italkit on September 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Good post. Enjoy your holiday!

RT on September 16, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Excellent post! Very interesting photos, thank you for that. May you have a wonderful year.

Brian R. on September 16, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Shana Tova to you and loved ones Debbie. Keep up your excellent work.

Zelda on September 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Shana tova to Debbie and all Jewish readers!

May Hashem inscribe all of you in the Book of Life for the new year!

Kyle on September 17, 2012 at 12:16 am

L’Shanah Tovah to DS and all Jewish fans and readers here.

Infidel on September 17, 2012 at 2:45 am

On Rosh HaShanah, we eat apples (my faves are McIntosh and Fuji, though Braeburn will do)

– Debbie

Why can’t I stop thinking of Apple Macs and iPhones when I read that? :)

Infidel on September 17, 2012 at 2:48 am

Happy New Years and a cool article!

Can’t wait to read what your blockbuster coming up is.

DS_ROCKS! on September 17, 2012 at 4:15 am

Debbie,
Today the 17th of September is also Constitution Day.
Tonight we will serve our Grandchildren “apples and honey” and
educate them in your traditions as a way to celebrate our
religious freedoms that so many others are denied. In today’s troubled times it is important that we remember who our friends are. Shalom.

Patrick Snyder on September 17, 2012 at 9:45 am

Debbie,

Have a Happy New Year.

Thanks for the retrospective post cards.

Sincerely,

Panhandle

Panhandle on September 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

Dear Debbie

It would be so wonderful if you could learn to love Jesus the Messiah Who loves you so much that He shed His His precious blood for you. The least you could do is read the writings of this Savior Who loved you so much that He bled and died for you and all the 50 billion people down through the last 6000 years.

You know Debbie that millions of Jews have already found Jesus as their Savior and can now claim God as their Heavenly Father. You have nothing to lose by talking to Jesus about this. Jesus died for the Jews and Jesus loves every Jew that was ever born. Jesus shed His blood for you Debbie and Jesus wants to come into your heart and live there forever. Please open your heart’s door and invite Jesus to come in.

God Almighty sent His only begotten Son Jesus into this wicked world to die for you and shed His blood for you so that you can go to Heaven for all eternity if you accept Jesus as your Savior.

Last word on September 17, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Last word, do you think you could keep your promise?

    skzion on September 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      Last Guy reminds me of the missionaries who tried to convert my father from Judaism. He would have none of it.

      I don’t think any religion has an absolute monopoly on the truth. Belief is never as important as doing good deeds and showing G-d through our actions on earth that we merit a place in Heaven.

      A religious person isn’t necessarily righteous. There are people who believe in G-d or Allah and who do great evil. There are atheists who are saints.

      Belief in G-d is not enough to save us. We learned that learned that lesson throughout Jewish history and its equally valid today. We have to be more than we are and that’s a hard thing for human beings to do and its not as easy as LW wants us to believe.

      NormanF on September 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      I can’t but God can and God will!!!

      Last word on September 17, 2012 at 11:52 pm

@Debbie – May you have this day to enjoy some peace of mind in a world that denies much of it.
G-d bless you.

Rochelle on September 17, 2012 at 11:19 am

Debbie,

I enjoy your site and enjoyed your explanation about Rosh Hashanah. Please spell out GOD in the future though.

Ed Sherota on September 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Ed, please learn why Debbie does not do so.

    skzion on September 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      I would appreciate it if you would educate me as to why she does not spell out GOD.

      Thank you

      Ed Sherota on September 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm

        Google it, Ed.

        skzion on September 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm

        Ed, don’t know why sk is feeling so cranky today but the reason is that in Hebrew we do not spell out the name of G-d and we use “Hashem,” the “NAME” when we mention him in our prayers. Hebrew doesn’t use vowels so even if we write the Tetragrammatron, we are not spelling the exact name and we don’t know anymore how it’s pronounced. There are supposedly still a few Kabbalists who claim to know but they never pronounce it. Please do not ever write out the common forms you see starting with a Y and most importantly, don’t try to pronounce that name. So, when we write “G-d” we are doing in English what we do in Hebrew. It is not a law but it is a custom of respect and care for the sanctity of that NAME.

        Italkit on September 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Thank you Debbie………good to read about the differences between Islam and Judism……

catherine maneker on September 17, 2012 at 3:29 pm

“@Gay Obama,

I guess you can measure the effectiveness of my comment by the length of the reply.”

No, monkey, your comment was stupid, just as all your comments are. However, I wanted to clarify the halacha. I also wanted to clarify that Jews don’t have to be peace pussies. Judaism is not a pacifistic religion.

If you had a brain, I’d suggest you read the work of Rabbi Meir Kahane. As you don’t have one, I’ll pass this suggestion to others who’d like to see how a rabbi with courage sees things. Start with _They Must Go_.

skzion on September 17, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    @Gay Obama,

    Meir Kahane? LOL, I would’ve thought you were more of a Baruch Goldstein man. Not that there’s much of a difference.

    Statusmonkey on September 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm

SZ,

But the Pereses of the world would have us believe “peace” is the main or only Jewish value. It isn’t.

And peace with those who perpetrate evil is impossible. As long as Israel’s elites live in denial of the obvious, Jews will continue to be murdered in Israel and abroad.

What we need is not tolerance of evil but eliminating it from the world and establishing G-d’s sovereignty over it. Only then will there truly be peace.

L’Shana Tova! Happy New To All!

NormanF on September 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    And Happy New Year to you, Norman.

    skzion on September 18, 2012 at 12:13 am

I meant to say Happy New Year To All!

NormanF on September 17, 2012 at 6:28 pm

L’Shana Tovah

Aurora on September 18, 2012 at 10:31 am

L’Shana Tova u’metucha.

Italkit on September 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Rabbi Meir Kahane, of Blessed memory, was a hero and a champion of freedom, liberty and the survival of Israel, the Jewish state and homeland.
I had the honor of meeting him in 1988 while in college as part of a committee that brought him to campus to speak. It was an amazing and educational experience never to be forgotten.
Debbie, your Rosh Hashanah column was also educational for the non-observant and the non-Jewish readers. I enjoyed the photos/post cards and your prayers for the coming year echoed mine regarding our individual futures, those of our friends, military and country.
If we do not cross e-paths over the next few days, Shabbat Shalom and an easy fast coming up.

Sanford Horn on September 20, 2012 at 10:51 pm

No monkey, YOU said academic pedigree was really important [to me].. As always, you, being a covert Democratic operative, lie.

However, when Kahane was in the NY school system, it was excellent, in part because Jews were excluded from Ivy League schools.

TO OTHERS: I direct your attention to monkey’s invocation of Goldstein. Only leftists trot out Goldstein negatively (he was an honorable Jew). As we know, monkey is not a Jew-hating Jew because he’s not Jewish. Thus, it seems he is some pro-Fakestinian type, perhaps ISI.

Poor monkey’s fraud didn’t last long, did it?

skzion on September 18, 2012 at 12:32 am

@Gay Obama,

An honorable Jew? More like a big chicken that Israel itself turned its back on – a girly-man through and through who’d rather fight women and little kids – as long as they’re unarmed, that is. He WOULD be your hero, except you’re even more of a sissy than Pansy Goldstein – he wasn’t afraid to act on his sick impulses.

Sounds like anyone who isn’t for shooting women and kiddies in the back of the head is either a Jew-hater or a self-hater. LOL, there must be a lot of both in Israel then (including virtually all rabbis, as you acknowledge), since that country turned its back on him.

If you’re claiming that that dingleberry is an honorable Jew, then it’s pretty clear who the “fraud” is.

And wow, haven’t heard that “secret agent” bit since the primaries. Pretty much anyone who wouldn’t climb into Romney’s doggie crate was accused of the dark art of secret agentry. If I was really trying to help the Democrats, wouldn’t I be FOR nominating Romney? Funny that you now sound just like his Mittbots – except you’re about 6 months behind the power curve.

Statusmonkey on September 18, 2012 at 1:11 am

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