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Soldiers Celebrate High Holidays in Iraq

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/soldiers_celebrate_high_holidays_in_iraq_20031003

When Rabbi Mitchell Ackerson blew the shofar this past Rosh Hashanah, it reverberated throughout one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces. More than 100 Jewish members of the U.S. forces stationed in Iraq attended the High Holiday services at the former Iraqi dictator's Baghdad compound. They seemed shocked and awed, not least by the echo. Then under a late afternoon sun, the group performed the customary Tashlich ceremony outside the palace, casting pieces of bread representing sins into a private lake once owned by the Iraqi dictator's sons, Uday and Qusay.

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