September 8, 2010, - 12:13 pm

MUST SEE: How US & Israeli Soldiers Celebrate Rosh HaShanah (WWII to Present)

By Debbie Schlussel

Below are vintage Rosh HaShanah postcards from my collection. The first two show Israeli soldiers guarding the border and praying on the holiday (some are wearing the white Jewish prayer shawls with black stripes) while protecting Israel. Yes, even on this holiday, soldiers who are religious must work to protect Israel from terrorist attacks (and so they pray wherever they find themselves on Israel’s front lines). What this postcard says to me is what we all know: the world doesn’t have the outrage against Muslim murders of Jews on Jewish holidays (or any other days)–or the Muslim murder of Christians on Christian holidays and other days of the week–that it has for one fringe Christian preacher burning the Koran in Florida (because their holy book is more important than our lives, right?).

The third postcard is from Arthur Levine, a Jewish American soldier serving in World War II, writing his relative, Jack Berkowitz, in 1944 on a Jewish Welfare Board postcard. The Jewish Welfare Board (JWB) was an organization founded during World War I, and it served as the American Jewish community’s effort to support our troops in battle. The organization provided all American soldiers–Gentile and Jewish–with postcards, care packages, portable games, shaving kits, and all kinds of stuff to make our soldiers feel valued and supported. Stateside, the JWB had welcome centers on or near most of the major military bases, giving soldiers food, drink, and a place to hang out.

Translation: “May It Be Your [G-d’s] Will That This Year is a Year of Blessing and Peace. A Year of Redemption and Salvation” [part of Rosh HaShanah prayer]

Translation: “[May This Year Be] A Year of Security and Peace”

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8 Responses

The comments about Florida are especially apt. All the elites including the ‘apolitical’ Gen. Patraeus are moaning and groaning about this preacher who wants to burn the Koran. I wish they would be even a fraction as indignant about Muslim terrorism in this country and all around the world.

Little Al on September 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm

“[May This Year Be] A Year of Security and Peace”
From your mouth to G-d’s ear DEBBIE- MAY HE INSCRIBE YOU for a sweet and good year– thanks for all your devotion to such n imnportant cause– Shana Tova

Isahiah62 on September 8, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Listening to Secy. Clinton whine about the planned burning of the Koran was truly groan-worthy. I must have missed her voiced concern about seizures of Bibles by our “close ally” Saudi Arabia, the treatment of Christians in Iraq, the PA and Egypt, the denial of aid to Christians in flood-ravaged Pakistan, etc.

Raymond in DC on September 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Shana Tova v’ Tikvateinu.
And may you be successful to the utmost in your legal battles.

Not Ovenready on September 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm

These postcards are so beautiful! Thank-you for sharing.

NancyB on September 9, 2010 at 12:10 am

Lest we forget that the jew has a covenant with God thorugh Abraham and but for that there is no hope for the gentiles. Jesus came to fulfill that promise and did so. We gentiles are grafted into that Covenant through the blood of Jesus. Never forget.

Bill Ford on September 9, 2010 at 8:00 am

General Patraeus is the last person in the world to complain about his troops being endangered by the actions of a Florida pastor. How many brave American soldiers have been killed by his and the army’s insane rules of engagement which have turned our “fighting men” into targets and have stripped them of the ability to fight back.

Jerry on September 9, 2010 at 8:14 am

Thanks Debbie
I just showed this to my father who is a WWII veteran. It brought a tear to his eyes. We are a military Jewish family and appreciate this so much.
Gemar Chatima Tova

Judy on September 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm

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