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My father never lived to see his dream come true of an
I once wanted to become an atheist but I gave up. They have no holidays.
Look at Jewish history. Unrelieved lamenting would be intolerable. So, for every ten Jews beating their breasts, God designated one to be crazy and amuse the breast beaters. By the time I was five I knew I was that one.
The time is at hand when the wearing of a prayer shawl and skullcap will not bar a man from the White House, unless, of course, the man is Jewish.
Even if you are Catholic, if you live in New York, you're Jewish. If you live in Butte, Montana, you are going to be a goy even if you are Jewish.
The remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served us nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.
Let me tell you the one thing I have against Moses. He took us forty years into the desert in order to bring us to the one place in the Middle East that has no oil!
Even a secret agent can't lie to a Jewish mother.
My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it.
Don't be humble; you are not that great.
I went on a diet, swore off drinking and heavy eating, and in fourteen days I had lost exactly two weeks.
-Joe E. Lewis
A spoken contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying.
Whoever called it necking was a poor judge of anatomy.
A politician is a man who will double cross that bridge when he comes to it.
Too bad that all the people who know how to run this country are busy driving taxis and cutting hair.
A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.
I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth, even if it costs them their jobs.
Television is a medium because it is neither rare nor well done.
When I bore people at a party, they think it is their fault.
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Fear builds walls to bar the light. - Baal Shem Tov
Engage in Torah and charity even with an ulterior motive, for that habit of right doing will lead also to right motivation. - Talmud: Pesahim, 50b
The sword comes into the world because of justice delayed and because of justice perverted.- Ethics of the Fathers 5:8
Ever since Rabbi Akiba used the Passover seder to plan a revolutionary struggle against the Roman occupiers, the Jews have used the seder to begin concrete work on tikkun (healing and transformation).
- Rabbi Michael Lerner, the Tikkun Magazine Passover supplement 2006
To work out ends of righteousness and love are you called; not merely to enjoy or suffer.
- S.R. Hirsch, "Nineteen Letters," 1836
“Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.” Golda Meir
The worship of God, though desirable as an end itself, can somehow never be in the right spirit, unless it impels one to the service of man. - Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan
Concentrate on three things and you will not fall into the grip of sin. Know from where you came, where you are going, and before Whom you will have to give account and reckoning.- Pirkei Avot 3:1
We cannot learn from general principles: there may be exceptions. - Johanan, Talmud: Kiddushin
A truly generous man is he that always gives, whether it be much or little, before he is asked.- Orchot Tsadiqim
The best security for old age: respect your children.- Sholem Asch
A Jew can be Jewish with God, against God, but not without God.- Elie Wiesel
He who promotes his own honor at the expense of his neighbor's has no portion in the world to come.- Judah b. Hanina, Genesis Rabbah
Even if all the world tells you, "You are righteous," consider yourself a sinner. - Rabbi Simlai
Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism and falsehood. The liturgical movement must become a revolutionary movement, seeking to overthrow the forces that continue to destroy the promise, the hope, the vision.- Abraham Joshua Heschel, "On Prayer"
Lose with truth and right rather than gain with falsehood and wrong.- Maimonides, "Tzavaah"
Seek the good in everyone, and reveal it, bring it forth.- Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1811), "Likutey Moharan"
Just as we love ourselves despite the faults we know we have, so should we love our neighbors despite the faults we see in them.- Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov
A man should never impose an overpowering fear upon his household. - Babylonian Talmud, Gittin 6b
If you add to the truth, you subtract from it.- The Talmud
Love unaccompanied by criticism is not love....Peace unaccompanied by reproof is not peace.- Genesis Rabbah 54:3
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Rosh HaShanah 5772
9/22/2011 9:58:00 PM
The Shofar heralds the High Holy Days
Special to the Courier
Sounding of the Shofar, the Ram's Horn, reminds us this Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, this Jewish Spiritual New Year and Day of Atonement, of our need to fix discord between people, within ourselves, and with our Maker. Each Shofar blast reminds us to repent, to make peace with apologies and amends, to admit our imperfections before the Holy One, to seek forgiveness, and to promise to do better so as to better the world we live in.
The Shofar comes in a great many varieties, each with its own timbre and wail. Combined with the unique techniques of each Shofar blower, one never knows quite what to expect when the Shofar is sounded during the Rosh HaShanah services and after the closing service of Yom Kippur. In some places, a hint of what is to come is heard with Shofar blasts early every morning (except on Sabbaths, Shabbat) for a month before the morning of the day Rosh HaShanah starts, calling on all to reflect on self-renewal and forgiveness. In other communities, the Shofar blast wakens people every day between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur too (except Shabbat). At Beit Torah, the first service of Forgiveness, Selichot, will be 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in Chino Valley.
Some also sound Shofar during Rosh HaShanah's controversial Taschlich ceremony, Casting away Sins. United States Jews throw breadcrumbs into a body of flowing water to wash away sins. Some Kurdish Jews actually go into the water and swim like fish to cleanse themselves of sin. Hasids from Galicia used to put burning straw mini-rafts into the water so that their sins would be burnt and/or washed away. The controversy stems from the fear some leaders have that people will use symbolic castings away of sins instead of actually making amends with others in their lives.
This year, Beit Torah Rosh HaShanah/taschlich services on Sept. 29 will be at Fain Park, followed by a convivial vegetarian lunch. Lunch includes apples and honey, traditional Ashkenaz (Western) foods, as well as other traditional foods such as dates, pumpkin, leeks, beets, and fish also served at Beit Torah dinner services welcoming the High Holy Days at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29 in Chino Valley. Starting at 10 a.m., the second day of Rosh HaShanah (Sept. 30 ) services and lunch will be at the 8944 E. Sommer Drive classrooms in Prescott Valley.
The holiest Jewish fast day, Yom Kippur, culminates a month of Jewish efforts at purification from sin so as to be worthy of a good New Year. Kol Nidre service starting Yom Kippur, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7, and Yom Kippur day services, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 8, will be in the East Sommer Drive classrooms. During a Remembrance Memorial Service, we read names stored in our Torah ark of our dearly departed. We welcome, too, our new Sephardic Torah Talmidi scroll. Activities continue all day through Shofar blowing and break-fast. As always, all are welcome to join us.
For more information, times, and details, contact Beit Torah at 237-0390, [email protected] or www.onetorah.org.