Rosh Hashanah celebrates new beginnings
Jewish religion marks New Year
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- Date Sep 16, 2012
Jewish religion marks New Year
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-- -- -- Time for celebration -- -- -- Tillman and it starts tonight joining us now with more on the meaning of the Jewish holiday is rabbi David -- of the Sinai temple.
In Los Angeles good morning rabbi how -- you.
Good morning well -- is thanks for getting up whether it's let's talk about Rosh Hashanah.
And the new year and and explain to us what it means.
Of for the Jewish community in America.
It represents -- who sort of linked to ideas one is.
-- -- day on which the world was created in that sense it's different from the secular new year because it actually celebrates the creation of the world.
But it also begins this period of self reflection.
That leads to the day of atonement to young -- -- And I suppose you might think actually that the holidays are reversed you should first repent.
And then celebrate the new year.
But the idea behind -- is.
That Russia shall not allows you to appreciate the wonder and the beauty and the majesty and the mystery of creation.
Once you've done that then you can understand and appreciate.
Whatever you've done to make creation better or to make it worse and so you familiar repentance and -- deeper way.
It's -- doing Rosh Hashanah we hear the the term bullish on told them what does that mean rally right.
That means to a good year because there's a moral and ethical component here so.
You wish people not only happy and -- healthy year but also a year of goodness which means a year in which.
We will learn to treat each other more kindly and -- more gently and very often are friends talk about the sweetness.
Of the new year what's the derivation of the sweetness.
Of of the new year -- in in the Jewish variation.
There's this beautiful costume of -- and apple in honey.
Sweetness of the year in the same way that under the wedding canopy you have the couple share -- wind.
Which also represents the sweetness of life together because ultimately.
-- even though it's a very well aware of the difficulties and pain and anguish of life.
Sees life -- something at bottom beautiful and faithful and blessed and sweet.
And during this time of renewal and then reflection -- -- -- pour.
It's also a time of turmoil.
In in the Middle East we have events going on and I ran live events going on where Americans have been.
How does that affect the Jewish community.
In the United States in one of them.
Is that he is other thoughts of of of your community as we face this as Americans together.
Well it certainly as both an American and a true.
The turmoil in general is.
Disquieting and problematic.
I mean in some ways it feels as though.
Things like that video are used as recruitment to tools to gin up the -- -- and the resentment against the west in general.
The United States and Israel in particular.
But much more problematic and much more frightening even than what's going on in places like Libya and Yemen.
Is what's going on in Iran.
Because if you think about it in the twentieth century.
There were two.
Red lines things that you should no longer -- one was -- -- which represents the attempt to destroy the Jewish people.
And the other was Hiroshima.
Which represents the cataclysmic weapon that human being should never ever use again.
And if Iran gets a bomb in an awful way those two things are combined that is a threat to wipe out an entire people.
With its horrendous weapon well all -- always -- get people.
Right today on -- -- on the year Rosh Hashanah that that that.
Come true doesn't happen rabbi you you make a rally is a threat not only to Israel but also to United States and to the west and something we should all take.
And and and I believe that we we we should and we will rabbi so.
We wish you well recently -- a televised here on this from October up on this Russia -- and as -- high holy days begin -- and we wish you well I think you're being with -- right here it is.