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10.47b/ Second part of the Week 10 (Reconstruction) Thread - September 20-25, 2020.

Part one is here:
10.47c/ Wednesday [note: I mis-numbered the original thread]
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1/ My Torah work is published under the title of #ReshetKeshet which, I don't make the rules, makes my "rabbi name" The Reshet Keshet (e.g. the Chofetz Chaim is Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan & he also wrote the Mishnah Berurah he's named after his first)…
2/ In order to embrace hashtag technology, I'll try to label my Torah writing with #ReshetKeshet.

Reshet is Hebrew for 'network' and I use it to reference interconnectedness.…

Keshet means 'rainbow' and that's for diversity…
3/ Diversity in interpretation, in thought, and of course in inclusion. Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch explains that the rainbow after the Flood symbolizes the totality of humanity, see my rebbe Rabbi Riskin for more on this:…
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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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There are too many podcasts!

And here's another!

Join me and @lsarsour for Jesus Loves Linda and Raf's very first episode on Youtube, Spotify, iTunes, etc (and follow @JesusLovesLR)

And @votejgr, @ZohranKMamdani, ruggelach, Flatbush, The Jewish 80s, plastic covered furniture, canvassers, restorative justice, abolition, RBG, and we go deep about Breonna Taylor and updates on the ground in Louisville, Kentucky.
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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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⚡️EXTRA! Fallece Ruth Bader Ginsburg a los 87 años.

La juez de la Suprema Corte de Estados Unidos era una leyenda e ícono viviente de la lucha por los derechos civiles y el empoderamiento femenino.

El presidente de la Corte dice que se va una "jurista de estatura histórica". Image
Hace unos días dictó a su nieta un declaración en la que decía que su deseo más ferviente era no ser sustituida hasta que hubiera un nuevo presidente.

Pero Trump está apenas a tiempo de nominar un reemplazo e intentar aprobación con los senadores republicanos de su lado...
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i tried putting on makeup for the first time since the pandemic in honor of #RoshHashanah Image
and with fall's hottest accessory Image
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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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This just in from my mom. Image
Getting ready for a socially distanced #RoshHashanah with my mom. Image
But I still haven’t called the dentist.
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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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1. A very quick message before I sign off for #RoshHashanah

According to rabbinic tradition, the High Holidays are an auspicious time for introspection and repentance. One of the major themes of Rosh Hashana is the recognition of God as King and the ultimate judge.
2. I think a reason why this is emphasized at the beginning of the High Holidays is that it instills a sense of moral humility
3. If we think of ourselves as the arbiters of morality, we can justify virtually any action and frame any sin as being righteous such that we don't even feel we *need* to repent for any action.
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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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I will shortly be tweeting about the spiritual significance of #RoshHashanah for Muslims. Both Judaism and Islam share so much but Rosh Hashana has so much of its spiritual significance in the Islamic faith as much as in the Jewish one.
The key things that any Muslim will identify with #RoshHashanah are “Yom Ha Din”, “Shofar” and perhaps the verse recited in the selichot “El Melech Yoshev al kise Rachamim”...
Rosh Hashanah is also called Yom Ha din (day of judgment) or in Arabic, Yawm Al Din يوم الدين. Muslims supplicate God 5 times a day by reciting the Quranic Surah that includes “مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ”
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#UAEIsrael 🇦🇪🇮🇱 🙏🏼
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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✡️ Happy Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanna Sameach.
In Israel & some communities around the world, Shofars will be blown in private homes & local neighborhoods.
I am setting up for services in my backyard.
Pics: Yemenite, Ashkenazi - 1934
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Composer Leonard Bernstein 1971 ImageImageImageImage
✡️ /2 Jewish New Year in NY.
Pics from Lib of Congress. 100+ years ago. ImageImageImage
✡️/3 Jewish New Year in NY.

"Tashlich" is a traditional prayer on Rosh Hashanna when Jews go to river, beach, etc (source of water) to ask forgiveness, as if they're throwing their sins away.
Pics: NY bridges 100+ y.a
Do you recognize your great-great grandmothers?
Shanna Tova! ImageImageImage
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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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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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