Posts Tagged ‘Rosh Hashana’
A flight to Uman from Israel was canceled today, the eve of Rosh Hashana, due to technical difficulties encountered before takeoff.
Everyone on the flight was sent home to spend Rosh Hashana in Israel.
Many Breslov Hassidim prefer to spend Rosh Hashana at the graveside of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov in Uman, rather than with their families.
This year, one planeload will be spending the High Holidays with their families it the Holy Land.
We’re sure Rebbe Nachman would approve.
There are many videos out there of tough IDF soldiers and then some emotional videos of soldiers coming home from battle, but this video of IDF soldiers singing one of the most powerful prayers Jews say on the holiest day of the year is simply amazing!
According to Jewish tradition the prayer Unetane Tokef was written by Rabbi Amnon. Rabbi Amnon was pressured to convert from Judaism and as a delaying tactic, he requested three days to consider the offer; immediately after, he regretted giving even the pretense that he could possibly leave Judaism.
After spending the three days in prayer, he refused to come to the bishop as promised, and, when he was brought to the bishop’s palace, he begged that his tongue be cut out to atone for his sins.
This event occurred shortly before “Rosh_Hashanah” and on that holiday, as he lay dying, Rabbi Amnon asked to be carried into the Synagogue where he recited the original composition of Unetanneh Tokef with his last breath. Three days later, he appeared in a dream to Rabbi Kalonymus_Ben-Meshullam one of the great scholars of “Mainz”and begged him to record the prayer and to see that it was included in the text of the High Holiday services.
There is nothing more appropriate than listening to IDF soldiers singing Unetane Tokef as if to say, “We are here to defend Israel but we know God is in charge.”
This chilling rendition of Unetane Tokef is sung by Shai Abramson, IDF’s Chief cantor. I suggest you listen to it twice, the first time watch the video and the second time play it but close your eyes. This will touch your soul like never before!
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu thanked Jewish communities around the world on the eve of the Jewish new year, Rosh HaShana, in a video message broadcast in English.
Shana Tova to the People of Israel and the Jewish Nation around the World, from all of us at JewishPress.com!
The families of the three Israeli teens who were abducted and murdered by Hamas terrorists this past June 12 in Gush Etzion, have issued a statement in response to the news the suspects were killed today in a shootout with IDF soldiers.
The fugitive suspects were shot and killed early Tuesday morning (Sept. 23, 2014) by IDF troops during an attempt to arrest them in Hebron in a joint action with IDI and ISA units.
“Security forces notified us this morning that our sons’ murderers were killed in the framework of an military action by our forces,” the statement began.
“We take pride in our government and our security forces, for their steadfast persistence in bringing to justice the murderers of our sons.
“The world now knows Jewish blood is not free. We embrace the special operations soldiers who risked their lives to carry out the mission and respond to the challenge, to ensure that Israel maintains its deterrent edge.
“As we begin a new year, we hope now to end this cycle of evil and begin only one of good. We send wishes for a sweet new year to all the People of Israel and in the Diaspora, and offer our thanks to all those here and abroad who embraced and supported us in our time of need.”
When the shofar blows on Rosh Hashana this year, let us not forget that the wailing sound could have been ambulance sirens. You see, there had been a diabolical plan probably being worked on last Rosh Hashana and perhaps for many Rosh Hashanas in a row as jackhammers and pickaxes ripped at the earth, desperately clawing for a pathway into our land. The Tunnels dug by Hamas to infiltrate Israel were in the works for years, and from the information gathered by Israeli intelligence during operation Protective Edge, it seems that the goal had been to use these tunnels to launch a massive terrorist attack this very Rosh Hashana: Dozens, if not hundreds, of terrorists planned to coordinate infiltration to our holy land via numerous tunnels to attack as many communities as possible.
With the hand of the almighty the tunnels have been destroyed, but let us not forget the lessons that they teach us. The Gemara in Rosh Hashana 10B tells us that Rosh Hashana was a time for miracles: It was on this day of the Holy calendar that G-d opened the wombs of our barren matriarchs to provide them with the progeny that became our forefathers, it was on this day that after Yosef had reached the lowest point of his subterranean journeys to reach the pits of Pharoah’s prison that he was finally released, and it was on this day that the demoralizing and backbreaking work when the Jews were enslaved in Egypt ceased. And so, on the birthday of the world’s creation, we see that miracles have been happening throughout history. On the same day that was the dawn of history, our people have been redeemed time and time again.
Today is no different. This Rosh Hashana is no different. We have been redeemed from a terrible evil. The tunnels were destroyed, the plots of Hamas for their unparalleled terror attacks on our Holy Rosh Hashana were foiled. But the question is, how will we react to this modern salvation? How will we treat our lives and our year? Will we rise to the challenge, make ourselves better people, the type of people worthy of G-d’s miraculous salvation? Will we love each other and strive to reach higher heights in our service of G-d?…..who knows who could have died from such an attack if it had succeeded this Rosh Hashana? Maybe your cousin? Perhaps your old friend from childhood?…….Or could it have been you?
We need to mend our ways this New Year, but we also need to open our eyes. G-d’s miracles are everywhere if only we would venture to look at our world in panorama; They are happening above us, around us, and even underground. And so, when we say in prayer so many times this Rosh Hashana, “Melech Ozer, U’moshiah, U’magen- The King who helps good things happen to us, saves us from bad things that are happening, and protects us from bad things happening in the first place” remember that many of us our living on borrowed time, saved from things we never even knew we were in danger of in the first place this past year.
The miracles in life aren’t always things we see. In fact, often they are things that we never will know about in this lifetime. I keep thinking about how G-d saves us from countless perils every day, and we don’t even notice. However, when they are revealed to us, when our dimmed eyes focus themselves as the heroic acts of G-d are illuminated, it is important to take note.
And so, when the shofar blows on Rosh Hashana this year, let us not forget that the wailing sound could have been ambulance sirens. When we cry out before G-d to save our souls, let us not forget that the crying could have been for souls not saved on that very day. And when the Jews who have the privilege of davening the High Holiday prayers in the Holy Land make their way to synagogue, let us not forget what or who could have been lurking underground beneath their feet…