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Starting Over – Rosh Hashanah 5776!

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 13, 2015

Retrieved from Six13Sings

Tonight is the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.  L’Shanah Tovah to our Jewish friends and readers!  May it be written and sealed that your year ahead will be filled with peace, prosperity and happiness.

Here is a description of the Jewish High Holidays from My Jewish Learning:

Although the High Holidays themselves–the two days of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) — occupy three days only, they lie within a web of liturgy and customs that extend from the beginning of the preceding Hebrew month of Elul through Yom Kippur. The focus of this entire period is the process of teshuvah, or repentance, whereby a Jew admits to sins, asks for forgiveness, and resolves not to repeat the sins. Recognizing the psychological difficulty of self-examination and personal change, the rabbis instituted a 40-day period whose intensity spirals toward its culmination on Yom Kippur, a day devoted entirely to fasting and repentance.

When Does the High Holidays Season Begin?

The High Holiday period begins on the first day of the Jewish month of Elul. In the Ashkenazi tradition, during this month of soul searching, the shofar, or ram’s horn, is blown each morning except on the Sabbath, to call upon listeners to begin the difficult process of repentance. Also in Elul special haftarot–prophetic portions–focusing on consolation acknowledge the vulnerability of an individual grappling with personal change. During the week before Rosh Hashanah, intensity increases as traditional Jews begin reciting selichot, prayers that involve confessing sins and requesting God’s forgiveness and help. On the Sabbath before Rosh Hashanah, the selichot are chanted at midnight, rather than their usual early morning hour.

What Are the 10 Days of Repentance?

The culmination of the High Holiday period occurs during the Ten Days of Repentance, which begin on 1 Tishrei with Rosh Hashanah and end with Yom Kippur. During this period, human beings have the chance to tip the scales of divine judgment in their favor through repentance, prayer, and tzedakah (performing righteous deeds and giving money to charitable causes).

Not only is Rosh Hashanah the Jewish New Year, which commemorates God’s creation of the world, but also the Day of Judgment, when God remembers and judges all human deeds. Except on Shabbat, services are punctuated with the call of the shofar, which according to Maimonides, is saying, “Awake, you sleepers, from your slumber…examine your deeds, return in repentance, and remember your Creator.” Human beings are believed to be in mortal danger at this time, with their lives hinging on the decision to repent. Only those who choose to forego sin are inscribed in the symbolic “book of life” that is a central liturgical image of Rosh Hashanah.

On the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the theological bent of the morning services is reinforced in a concrete way during the Tashlikh ceremony, during which individuals symbolically cast away their personal sins by throwing breadcrumbs into a flowing body of water. This action is accompanied by the recitation of biblical verses that evoke the human capacity for repentance and the beneficence of Divine forgiveness through the metaphor of casting sins into depths of the waters.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Rosh Hashanah greeting from “the eternal capital Jerusalem”:

Retrieved from IsraeliPM

Prime Minister Netanyahu also gave a Rosh Hashanah greeting in Persian to Jews in Iran this year.

For Christians who would like to celebrate Rosh Hashanah also, CBN has an annual Rosh Hashanah celebration tonight, the live stream of which can be found here.

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Gov. Palin remembers September 11

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 11, 2015

Americans remembered those who lost their lives due to the terror attacks on the Twin Towers 14 years ago today.

Governor Palin posted this on her Facebook page today:

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#911 #NeverForget
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Ron Devito, who lives in New York, posted an excellent article remembering September 11:

September 11 Past, Present, Future 2015

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Gov. Palin points out the superficiality of Obama’s Alaska visit

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 4, 2015

Using her superb sense of timing, Governor Palin waited until Obama finished his Alaska visit to post her splendid commentary on his trip.  Earlier today she posted a link to her op-ed in this Facebook post:

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The Commander in Chief just left Alaska. He spoke so highly of the Last Frontier! It’s nice when others get a glimpse of God’s awesome creation up here, so rich in American oil, gas, minerals and other overflowing natural resources that, once tapped, could secure the Union and make America safe and prosperous again, with jobs a’plenty. If only…

Anyway, the President missed a few things, let me help him out:

“The President heads back to the beltway bubble after three days in the wondrous Last Frontier…”
journal.ijreview.com|By Denali

Here is an excerpt from her op-ed at The Journal IJReview.  It is priceless and well worth reading the whole thing!

What the President Didn’t See From Alaska

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NOTE: “Denali” was the name assigned to Gov. Sarah Palin by the United States Secret Service during the 2008 campaign. Her husband’s code name, per Secret Service, was “Driller.” 

As tourist season winds down in Alaska, so does the sightseeing trip of America’s busiest tourist. The President heads back to the beltway bubble after three days in the wondrous Last Frontier.

While here, he enjoyed spectacular autumn weather which he commemorated with many selfies on a stick. He danced, he held a fish, he hiked a glacier (thankfully not the Mendenhal Glacier, for that chunk of ice is, literally, the size of Rhode Island. Instead, he enjoyed one of the other 100,000 Alaskan glaciers). And, he renamed a mountain…our mountain…the tallest peak on the North America continent.

Unlike most tourists, the President heads home now with his enormous fleet of transport vehicles – ironically after plenty of finger pointing on this Global Warming tour. Astoundingly, with just this one trip, a bigger carbon footprint was created than what 33 cars combined would create in an entire year.

From his many entertaining Instagram pictures, it looks like he enjoyed his trip, thankfully! Hard not to in the ever-changing ebb and flow of God’s Northern grandeur that has evolved with natural cyclic phenomenons, like tides rising and falling, glaciers advancing and receding, trees growing and dying in this energy-rich land that’s been reshaping itself since the beginning of time.

Residents here are thankful when far-away decision makers who control the vast majority of Alaska’s land and resources give us the time of day; hopefully his was an impacting trip. Here are a few things he missed, though:

The Hubbard Glacier…which is actually growing.

Photo Credit: i09.com

This image, taken on July 22, 2014, shows the advancement of the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska, as compared to previous years. (NASA)

The thousands of men and women working in extreme conditions to produce safe, available, American oil in our energy industry where jobs suffer such negative impacts due to the Administration’s anti-development mindset.

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Five Chinese warships off our Alaska coast – right there in the Bering Sea this morning – a signal that growing Superpowers like China (and Russia, with its recent brazen claims to lands and waterways that a sleepy America should be claiming) are no longer respectful of America, nor intimidated.

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Image Credit: TodayOnline.com

The vast untapped natural resources trapped in the desolate ANWR region, locked up by Feds who ignore the will of the people of Alaska who support drilling.

Blocked, despite there being enough crude to produce more barrels per day than we import from Saudi Arabia, thus easing our dependence on unstable, unfriendly foreign sources of energy. Development creates jobs…it’s the only real “stimulus package” the Feds should have engaged in. Drill, baby…eh, you know the rest.

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Image Credit: PBS.org

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