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September 16, 2012

by Shmuel Rosner

September 16, 2012 | 3:02 am

IDF soldiers dancing at the Western Wall in Jerusalem in the run-up to Rosh Hashanah. (Photo: Reuters)

Netanyahu: Clear lines must be set on Iran

The prime minister of Israel gives a Rosh Hashanah interview to Herb Keinon of the Jerusalem Post.

We’ve been able to have strong security for the last four years, and the number of Israelis killed has gone down precipitously, even though every life lost is a tragedy. We have been able to bring about an education revolution, starting with free education from the age of three, up to the reforms we made in the university. We made a revolution in our health system, added 1,000 [hospital] beds that have not be added in a decade. Added a new medical school in Safed. Give free dental care to children. We are building infrastructure that is revolutionizing the country – highways, railways, interchanges.

 

Soccer's 'Yid Army' Crosses the Pond

Elliot Olshansky of the Forward takes a look at the Jewish fans of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club as they make their presence felt in New Jersey. 

At the Tottenham-Red Bulls match on July 31, the crowd in the Spurs supporters section included Modern Orthodox Jews with yarmulkes and tzitzit, Conservative, Reform and secular Jews, and non-Jews of nearly every ethnicity imaginable. Most wore the club colors — navy and white — and when Welsh star Gareth Bale headed the ball into the net to tie the game in the 59th minute, Jew and non-Jew alike hailed the achievement with shouts of “Yiddo!” and “Yid Army!”

 

High Holy Days: In the rabbis’ words

Our own Jewish Journal presents some memorable sermons from Rosh Hashanahs past.

Make a decision. Choose what you will become this year. Choose to live fully this year. Choose to let go of your near-life experience and embrace the life you were meant to live. There is a reason that every single year we read these words in the Torah — “See I put before you good and evil, life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore choose life. Choose life. Choose life.”

 

Teaching Kids To Apologize

The High Holidays are the perfect time to instruct children in the art of saying ‘I’m sorry’, says Marjorie Ingall of Tablet Magazine

Every Rosh Hashanah, my family participates in a Tashlich (“casting off”) ceremony, which involves throwing our sins into a body of water. Since sins are not corporeal or substantial (except, perhaps for that tribal-print padded-shoulder poly-elastane dress I bought for shul in a moment of dementia), we throw bread as representations of behavior we want to leave behind in the new year.

 

Going to School on Rosh Hashana

Writing in the New York Times, Judy Bolton-Fasman ponders the Jewish identity of her son, who will be back in classon the second day of the holidays. 

Adam is only one of two Jews in his class whose families actively practice some form of Judaism. Given that situation, there is a part of me that feels he represents the Jewish people at his school. And for the record, it was never my intention for him to forgo our religious observance when he transferred schools. Perhaps the operative word here is “our.” At what point does a child take ownership of his spiritual life?

 

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah With.. Bears?

The Huffington Post takes a look at the animals at Ramat Gan Safari, and their Rosh Hashanah celebrations. 

Bears at the Ramat Gan Safari park outside of Tel Aviv, Israel, were given apples, pomegranates, honey and other sweet fruits on Thursday. Jews traditionally eat apples and honey during this holiday season in hopes that the new year will be sweet.

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