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1/ Some thoughts about the devastating loss of #JusticeGinsburg.

I have no idea how this will "play politically," which is good, b/c it allows me to concentrate on #RBG as a person & her legacy.
2/ #RuthBaderGinsburg is like Brandeis & Thurgood Marshall - one of the best legal minds to be put on the bench. It's how it's supposed to be done.

Her life's work made America a more equal and thus a better place.
3/ What she stood for is the exact opposite of what our country is suffering from under the fascist GOP, so her loss right before #RoshHashanah was an overwhelming message from Heaven.

The death of a justice, the death of Justice, before the day of judgement?! Come. On.
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I heard about #RBG's passing on the first day of #RoshHashanah so I had time to (mentally!) rewrite my sermon, for today, riffing on a 1953(!) Rabbi Norman Lamm gem about Adam & Eve and the forbidden fruit (all of which, according to rabbinic tradition happened on RH)
The question is why God was so adamant about humankind NOT internalizing the difference between Good and Evil (literally, by eating the fruit). Maimonides answers that the point was that good/evil is the wrong axis. We are supposed to work within the axis of True/False.
As he explains, Good/Evil are subjective. What is good for *me*, what is bad for *me* - of course, "me" can be plural as well. My family, my country, my community, my political movement, my faith group.
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1/ From Rabbi Emily Segal - "there is a Jewish tradition that those who die just before Rosh Hashanah are extraordinarily righteous & truly precious to God. We are taught that each Rosh Hashanah it is written who will live and who will die in the year to come... @caffeinatedrav
2/ "So last Rosh Hashanah, it was determined that RBG would die before this next year came to be...God did not want to let this precious, righteous person go... " #RIPRBG #RoshHashanah @caffeinatedrav
3/ "God wanted to cling on to every second of having this person on earth. But, God is God... and God knows that this person's name is not written in the Book of Life for the year to come...So God waits until the very last possible moment of the year... @caffeinatedrav
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This evening marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, when we take a moment to reflect on the past year and look forward to the year ahead. 1/
This has been an incredibly trying year — full of threats to our safety, health, natural and manmade disasters, economic insecurity, and systemic injustice. My hope is that the coming year brings us joy and peace, as well as much needed progress. 2/
I grew up in a Jewish household where I was taught the concept of tikkun olam — repairing the world. I learned that each of us has a personal responsibility to make the world a better place, and that we all have a role to play in the achievement of social justice. 3/
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1/ There's a powerful symmetry b/w how I feel about Nov's election & how I generally feel about #RoshHashanah

Ya see, I really think Biden will win & consequently that we'll save America & likely the world (not an exaggeration). But I'm so worried that I can't feel confident.
2/ Am I doing enough to save the country? Are my neighbors - the ones in the same boat, in the metaphor of Yonah made literal with a plague - doing enough.

Feeling too confident about Nov. right now, for me & multiplied across the nation's resistors, will lead to doom
3/ I carry the year's confidence at the start of Elul about my habits & thoughts, that I'm doing my best. Elul's progress is meant to shake me from complacency. The daily shofar is to wake me up. Ironically, this year's lack of shofar did that even more; b/c of why it's missing.
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The Jewish New Year begins tonight & folks will be blowing shofars around DC (follow the @theblastdc for locations) & US cities today at 5 PM to welcome #RoshHashanah:…
Shanah Tovah to all who are celebrating this weekend, near and far.
5781: Shofar, so good?

(Source: @someecards) Image
We harvested & peeled our figs, measured, mixed & chilled a lemony egg dough, rolled out & formed a crust, made a decoration, pre-baked, added fruit, & gave it a strawberry glaze.
C’est voila: something sweet, round, with fruit from the Middle East to share.
Happy #RoshHashanah ImageImageImageImage
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What is #RoshHashanah , the first Jewish holiday? (THREAD) ImageImage
Rosh Hashana is the 1st day of the first month in the Hebrew calendar.
The holiday originates in the Torah and is considered a day of judgment and a day of rejoicing, when those who celebrate must receive it with festive attire, joy and the sound of trumpets.
According to the Jewish belief, on this day the person is judged according to their deeds done throughout the year and by that, God will determine how the next year that comes upon them will be like.
The people are divided into 3 categories:
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H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of @dctabudhabi met virtually with Ambassador Alon Ushpiz, Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs @IsraelMFA #, and discussed the importance of the signing of the #AbrahamAccords for both countries.
The DCT Chairman emphasised the deep connection between the people of the #UAE and #Israel, and how tolerance and peaceful coexistence is rooted within the community since the days of the Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed.
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Sure, "polls aren't votes", but 15 pts down means Trump's (ym"sh) vulnerable, dries up fundraising, allows GOP electeds to contradict him publicly, allows reporters to treat him normally & not as the magician of 2016 who commands a cult of violent kooks.
To combat the complacency that the polling imbalance could bring, I suggest telling fellow anti-Trumpites that no matter how much DJT is down in November, when you vote, it will feel as good as punching him in the face with all of your strength

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Dear #Chabad #Lubavitch #770 - #RoshHashanah is coming and you owe this woman and her husband an apology.
The incident is a matter of public record and the screenshots are from a public post.…
Here is a news article on it.…
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A year after Jews were slaughtered in synagogues in America, and anti-semticism is rising, rabbis have something to say on #RoshHashanah  - it’s a new year. Shana Tovah. May it be a good and sweet one.…
“I will be speaking on “Now what? What have we learned and where do we go from here?” said Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, where the first of the two deadly shootings happened.” The names of the 11 murdered will be remembererd as martyrs, he added.
“The hardest part is trying to distill a clear, values-based message that rises above current political discourse, while not running away from the cry of the moment,” said Rabbi Joshua Hammerman of Temple Beth El in Stamford, Conn.
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Shavua tov! As we approach #RoshHashanah, #YomKippur and the start of the Jewish year, here are ten short ideas which might help you focus your davening and ensure you have a meaningful and transformative experience. Click to download as a one-pager.
Number one. Life is short. However much life expectancy has risen, we will not, in one lifetime, be able to achieve everything we might wish to achieve. This life is all we have. So the question is: How shall we use it well?
Number two. Life itself, every breath we take, is the gift of God. Life is not something we may take for granted. If we do, we will fail to celebrate it. Yes, we believe in life after death, but it is in life before death that we truly find human greatness.
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One of the key things we at Muslims Against Antisemitism aim to do is educate people and more widely civil society about what Judaism actually is, rather than what antisemites hateful views say Judaism is. /1
With that in mind and with the high holy days upon us starting with #RoshHashanah(Jewish New Year) on Sunday evening please see our thread providing some facts (feel free to fact-check!) on what makes #RoshHashanah so special. /2
First up let's start with the greeting for #RoshHashanah to say to all our Jewish brothers and sisters.

'Shana Tova Umeteukah' .

This Hebrew means a good and sweet new year. /3
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Can't/don't want to take off for #RoshHashanah but still want to mark the New Year? Here are some suggestions for making the transition from 5779 to 5780 meaningful
Live stream services online or even after the fact later in the day. Many Reform or liberal congregations record and allow people who are unable to attend to participate virtually. This can be quite meaningful.
Bring together a group of friends to have a #RoshHashanah meal with symbolic foods. In addition to apples and honey, eat golden carrots for prosperity, pomegranates for bounty, beet to beat back our enemies, leeks so we don't lack luck.
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Sunday at sunset #RoshHashanah the Jewish New Year begins. Over the next two days millions of Jews around the world will spend time with family and friends and pray for the usual things- health, happiness, the ability to provide for one's loved ones... 1/5
With growing global anti-Semitism, many of us will also worry and wonder why in so many places it feels like what Germany must have felt like in the 1930s on the eve of WWII. I know my Holocaust survivor mother said this just the other day. 2/5
Whatever your belief or cause for celebration, will you take a moment over the next days and week to stop to think about how you can personally combat anti-Semitism? Have you laughed at a potentially dangerous joke? Have you not reported a hate tweet? Have you stood idly by 3/5
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Here is a thread from my Covenant & Conversation essay on #Nitzavim called "Not Beyond the Sea". You can read it at, listen to it at, or download the accompanying Family Edition at #shabbatshalom
The beauty of #Jewish #spirituality is precisely that in #Judaism, #God is close. You do not need to climb a mountain or enter an ashram to find the Divine Presence.
It is there around the table at a #Shabbat meal, in the light of the candles and the simple #holiness of the Kiddush wine and the challot, in the praise of the Eishet Chayil and the #blessing of #children, in the #peace of mind that comes when you leave the #world to look after…
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1) Today, it’s tea. (We’re going to need a double dose.)
#TheGreatAwakeningWorldwide Torah study for #RoshHashanah Day 1.

Bottom line up front:
God loves you,
God loves us all,
God wins.

Monday, September 10, 2018.
2) Today is the Lords’s Day of awesome revelation.
3) It is the Jewish New Year.
I believe our duty as Jewish people is the same as anyone else.

Share the Light of God.
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(9) #SecDef Mattis signs a memento for the door gunner on a CH-47 Chinook upon departure from #Kabul, #Afghanistan, Sept. 7. Mattis met with Afghan and coalition members during the previously unannounced visit to the country. #SecDefTravels @DeptofDefense
(10) "Happy New Year to Jewish people all over the world!
Shana tova u’metuka!
#RoshHashanah 🍎🍯" -@IvankaTrump
(11) This President keeps the table behind his desk relatively free of things, but there's a little replica of the FIFA World Cup there now. He's very proud of the USA being the next tournament's co-host. And they're the world's most famous #SoccerDad & #SoccerMom.
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#ChodeshTov! During #Ellul I will be sharing some short #EllulThoughts to help us all get in the right mindset as we approach #RoshHashanah and #YomKippur. I hope you enjoy these and find them meaningful. Please feel free to share and retweet if you wish.
These quotes will mainly come from the introductions to my #RoshHashanah & #YomKippur machzorim (published by Koren Publishers Jerusalem); others will come from my two ‘Letters to the Next Generation’ booklets - which can both be downloaded as PDF files from my website.
Here is the link to download the PDF for ‘Letters to the Next Generation: Reflections on Yom Kippur’ -…
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