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Daily Briefing: ROSH HASHANAH: A DAY FOR HOPE AND REFLECTION (September 3, 2021)

Rosh Hashanah Message from CIJR National Board Chairman Jack Kincler.

Dear friends and supporters of CIJR,

The past year was a tumultuous one, to say the least, for the Jewish people, Israel, and the rest of the world.

The cycle of violence perpetrated against the Jewish state combined with the sharp rise in antisemitism worldwide presents a major challenge for the Jewish world.

Fortunately, our long history as a persecuted minority has hardened us as a people and provided us with a survival instinct.

I firmly believe that we shall overcome this difficult period as well, and I hope that we’ll live to see a more peaceful and harmonious world than has been in the past year.

My best wishes for a happy, healthy, prosperous, and peaceful new year to you and your families. Kesiva ve’Chasima Tova,

Jack Kincler


Israeli President Sends Rosh Hashanah Greetings to Diaspora Jewry:  JNS, Sept. 2, 2021Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Thursday released a special Rosh Hashanah video message to Jews all over the world, wishing them a year of health and unity.


ROSH HASHONAH, 5782: FIGHTING EVIL, LIVING IN HOPE

A Prayer for the Days of Awe

No Apologies for Being Jewish

Judaism Is Mainly Text-Centered. Why Mark Its New Year with the Blunt, Inarticulate Noise of the Shofar?


For Further Reference:

Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Guide for the Perplexed, 2021: Yoram Ettinger, The Ettinger Report, Sept. 1, 2021 — The evening of September 6, 2021, will launch the 5782th Jewish New Year.

Podcast: Reflections for the Days of Awe:  Mosaic Magazine, Sept. 25, 2020 — 2020 has been a chaotic year. Last weekend, millions of Jews the world over celebrated Rosh Hashanah—the Jewish New Year—and prayed that the coming year would be better than the one that just ended.

Preparing for the New Year – Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur (part 1):  Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Office of Rabbi Sacks, YouTube, Sept. 11, 2012 — Last year the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks recorded a series of ten short videos, each focussed on a different aspect or theme of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Whilst recorded for 5772, these messages are equally applicable as we enter 5773.

Preparing for the New Year – Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur (part 2):  Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Office of Rabbi Sacks, YouTube, Sept. 11, 2012 — Last year the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks recorded a series of ten short videos, each focussed on a different aspect or theme of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Whilst recorded for 5772, these messages are equally applicable as we enter 5773. This video is a compilation of the second five of these videos.

Judaism According to Emil Fackenheim:  Robert M. Seltzer, Commentary Magazine, September 1988 — n the course of overlapping careers as rabbi, professor of philosophy, and theologian, Emil Fackenheim has produced a shelf of books that must be considered among the most important works of serious Jewish religious thought in the second half of this century.

‘Unbearable’: German President Bemoans Continued Threat of Antisemitism in Rosh Hashanah Message to Jewish Community:  Algemeiner, Sept. 2, 2021 — Germany’s president on Thursday bemoaned the fact that the gun attack on a synagogue on Yom Kippur two years ago had not led to a “turning point” in the fight against antisemitism in his country.

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