September 24, 2014, - 10:24 am

Rosh HaShanah ’14: To My Readers & Friends; How US 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 Friday 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 (actually three because as soon as the holiday ends, the Jewish Sabbath begins). However, I’ve prepared a few posts in advance (including my Friday movie reviews), which will go up in my absence–stuff you won’t read anywhere else but on this site. So, stay tuned. Below is my new favorite pic (from my collection of Jewish-American military memorabilia) of Jewish-American soldiers in the U.S. Army who briefly stopped fighting in World War II to pray at Rosh HaShanah services on the evening of September 26, 1944, at the Gothic Line in Italy.

Click on the Photo to See the Complete Image . . .
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Jewish New Year Services at the Gothic Line–Italy . . . . . . Jewish Troops of the U.S. 5th Army Are Shown When They Attended Rosh Hashonah, or New Year Services, Held Within Sight and Sound of an Artillery Barrage. We Were Laying Against the Gothic Line. Captain Israel J. Kazis, Formerly of Temple Israel, Wilkes Barre, Pa., is Seen Conducting. Members of the Choir, Wearing Their Prayer Shawls Are Grouped Around Capt. Kazis. On the Table Serving as Altar is the Torah. Steel Helmets Are Worn By Those at the Services They are more Practical Than Prayer Caps.

Rosh HaShanah Postcard From a Jewish U.S. Soldier Pvt. J. Schleicher Serving in WWII (w/ Censor Stamp), 1943 . . .
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(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.)

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, which ends with Yom Kippur, when our fate is sealed.







On Rosh HaShanah, we eat apples (my faves are McIntosh, but sometimes I make do with Fuji) with honey and ask G-d to bless us with 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–the mosques now pretending to be against ISIS, even as they constantly embrace HAMAS and Hezbollah (which murdered more Americans than ISIS ever has). Jews don’t behead people (on video or off of it), including our fellow Americans and Westerners. In fact, in our prayers we pray for the well-being of our country, and that would include its citizens and the U.S. Armed Forces. 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. I will pray for America’s economy to get better (the recovery they keep telling us about seems to be elusive to most average Americans and in terms of real dollars they are earning less if earning at all). I will pray for our country to return to the greatness that is now tarnished (though it’s hard for that to happen when we are a culture dominated by Kardashians, “Real Housewives,” and talentless White chick rappers who think they are Black (see Iggy Azalia and Ariana Grande)). I will pray for a country with borders even though we know we’ve lost those beyond repair because the virus has now infected the corpus beyond repair. 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.

I pray that we will wake up to the fact that the danger is not a set of alphabet soup acronyms like IS, ISIS, ISIL, etc. It is Islam. I will pray that Americans will finally realize that Hezbollah, HAMAS, Al-Qaeda, and all the others are the same as ISIS/ISIL/IS and Khorazon. Ditto for the “Free” Syrian Army. They are exactly the same in that they ALL use the same tactics against those of us they consider “unbelievers.” And they all want to take over the world for Islam. Yes, they all have one thing in common–the same thing that all of the mosques and Muslims in America have in common: Islam. This isn’t about the fictional “Islamists.” There is no such thing. It’s about Islam. Plain and simple. I pray one day America will realize that, but it is already too late. Way too damned late.

To all of my many friends and readers who sent me New Year’s wishes, I regret that I cannot respond to each of you individually, but to you my Jewish readers, 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. And to you, my Gentile readers, I wish you the same.

And to all of you, 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 Saturday Night. And stay tuned for an announcement later today about a cool new venture I’m involved with–with somebody whose name should be familiar to you if you grew up in 1970s and ’80s pop culture. Y’all come back now, ya hear!



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

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27 Responses

A most happy Rosh Ha Shona to you and family. May there be more joyful events to be reported next year, but, if not, may you continue your good work with even more success than in all of the years before.

marblenecltr on September 24, 2014 at 11:15 am

Best wishes to you Debbie, be safe, healthy and may God bless you and your loved ones forever.

I am glad you were as usual, bold enough to touch on Islam and its doings in your Rosh Hashanah message. A friend yesterday tried to get in to it with me in regard to fracking, including about people in Pennsylvania having their water catch fire. He wouldn’t believe that there was information out there that would confirm to him the lies and total propaganda that is being spread about fracking. He already knows all he needs to, why should he do any more research?

THEN, as if that wasn’t bad enough, when the report comes on the news about the “coalition” The Muslim-In-Chief has built to deal with ISIS and the “new” Khorasan Klan, he lauded the five Islamic nations who got on board, making it a real coalition. My friend was already making predictions about the ass kicking that was going to be doled out, and how these terrorist groups must be quaking in their shoes right about now.

I looked at my friend, a more faithful, great friend one can not have, but I have been blessed with several, and realized . . .

yet again, in relating to people of his ilk, . . .

there was going to be no talking to him.

There was going to be no talking to him about the dog and pony show, the ensemble theater company, . . .

that is Islam.

Debbie delineated expertly that point which she and so many of us on this web site, and a few other corners of the world have already understood for decades.

It is not extremists, it is Islam itself.

Sadly, I’m sorry to report, some people, . . .

will never get it.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on September 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Jewish people keep telling me that it is now the year 5775. Why is it that I can’t seem to get a straight answer whenever I ask them exactly what event it was that happened 5,775 years ago that they are commemorating?

Joaquin Closet on September 24, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Debbie
Ketivah v’chatima tovah!
Paula Malka

PaulaMalka on September 24, 2014 at 1:17 pm

5775 YEARS AGO , ABRAHAM WAS BORN….ROSH HASHONNA COMMEMORATES THE BIRTH OF MAN….THE FIRST MAN , ADAM….WHO WAS REALLY THE FIRST MAN TO RECOGNIZE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL…THERE WERE 971 GENERATIONS PRIOR TO THE FIRST MAN….AND TODAY THERE ARE MANY DESCENDENTS OF THESE GENERATIONS INHABITING GOVERNMENT , THE MEDIA AND MOST OF THE THIRD WORLD AND NOW INHABITING THE CIVILIZED COUTNRYS….BEING CIVILIZED IS EVOLUTIONARY ….SOMETHING A LARGE CHUNK OF THE POPULATION OF THE EARTH WILL NEVER GET TO …. LIKE bho AND SAMANTHA POWER AND JOHN KERRY ET AL

PANCAKE RACHEL CORRIE on September 24, 2014 at 1:29 pm

“Ketivah v’chatima tovah”(????? ?????? ????)
Thank you for your words and works this past year.

Michael on September 24, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Debbie, I wish you a happy time with your family. Sadly, the few Jewish people that I do know are secular. I enjoy your updates and information. It is difficult for Christians to really understand Jewish culture and heritage. HUGS

Karen on September 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm

That was wonderful Debbie. Those soldier’s with the most to lose on the front lines. Like they say, they just don’t make em’ like they used to.

MuzzCrusher on September 24, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Shana tova my dear. Pray for our country.

Panhandle on September 24, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Debbie,

Have blessed and safe Rosh Ha Shona.

Peter on September 24, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Obama quote in time for the New Year:

“United States is not and never will be at war with Islam. Islam teaches peace.”

Yup, in some alternative universe, that’s true. Its just not true in the one in which we live.

NormanF on September 24, 2014 at 6:16 pm

May God bless you in this new year Debbie , and all who happen to read this with everything sweet .

Barri Park on September 24, 2014 at 6:43 pm

May you be written and sealed by G-d for a good year, Debbie.

JeffE on September 24, 2014 at 7:08 pm

I’m gone to tell my little brother, that he should also visit this weblog on regular basis to get updated from
most recent news update.

Green Coffee Pure on September 24, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Happy Rosh Hashanah, Debbie! May G-d inscribe you in the Book of Life for a prosperous year!

Sean M on September 24, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Debbie, wish you a very happy Rosh HaShanah

Infidel on September 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Happy Rosh Hashanah!

Not Ovenready on September 25, 2014 at 12:30 am

To you and yours, Debbie Schlussel, and those who believe, I wish you a blessed Shanah Tovah.

I don’t see myself as a believer anymore. But Louis C.K. said it best in a monologue on Saturday Night Live when he said something about the existence of God – “I didn’t see ’12 Years A Slave’ but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.” Or something to that effect.

But I’m quite sure that the world is going to get better in spite of itself. Whether you believe in god or not, man will find a way to make things right.

Thatisall. Love, Jacques.

The Reverend Jacques on September 25, 2014 at 1:52 am

Shana tovah Debbie

japple on September 25, 2014 at 2:39 pm

I’m not Jewish, but for everyone who is “shana tovah u’metukah” (a good and sweet new year).

JimmyPx on September 25, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Where’re those ISIS postcards that our ISIS vols are sending home to the folks?

“Dear (i)Ma(am), having a great time beheading toddlers, mass-executing infidels and kidnapping and raping girls. Wish you were here, Mo.

DS_ROCKS! on September 26, 2014 at 11:51 am

May you and all your friends and loved ones be inscribed in the Book Of Life, Debbie.

Occam's Tool on September 28, 2014 at 12:30 am

@Michael
Ketivah v’chatima tovah means “A good inscription and sealing (in the Book of Life)”

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