September 13, 2015, - 4:13 pm

Rosh HaShanah 2015: To My Readers & Friends

By Debbie Schlussel

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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.

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. Above 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.

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.


As we pray in our synagogues, as I’ve noted before, 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, 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.

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 (and that includes myself for sure). I will pray that we will take in as few Muslim immigrants in the next year as possible, as the more we taken in, the worse it bodes for the future survival of America and the West.

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 hip-hop “artists”). 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 (and it will only get worse with more Muslim immigrants). 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. Ditto for the “rebel” Syrians we are “training” (to fail). 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 I thank you for thinking of me on this, my religion’s important holiday.

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 wish you well. Some of you have sent me e-mails throughout the years, including this year, about financial hardships, family troubles, illnesses, and other distresses. I wish you well in all of these situations and that they are resolved in the most positive way possible for you. I treasure each and every one of you, enjoy hearing from you, and I wish you the best in life and everything.

I’ll see you again, live, on Tuesday Night. And stay tuned for an announcement later, this week–I hope (and G-d-willing) about a cool new venture I’m involved with that I hope for you to participate in.

Also, I hope you’ll read the new stuff posted in my absence.

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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6 Responses

G-d bless Israel and those who support her.

ra2216 on September 13, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Remain and stay safe for the Jewish holiday Ms. Schlussel, looking forward to read some more of your work as time progresses!

Sean R. on September 13, 2015 at 11:07 pm

Unfortunately, this is being posted too late for you to see it, in time for the holiday observance, but – – – ,


John Robert Mallernee on September 14, 2015 at 3:04 am

those are great photos of the Jewish American troops in Europe. Very touching.

MuzzCrusher on September 14, 2015 at 9:38 am


May your prayers be answered.

Happy New Year.

Panhandle on September 14, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Great article.

DS_ROCKS! on September 14, 2015 at 3:52 pm

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