Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, starts this evening, and I am forbidden from working – tasked instead by my religion to focus on the ethereal. So there will be no more posts by me on White House Dossier until Thursday evening.
In the meantime, I thought I’d offer you this rendition below of the Avinu Malkeinu, or “Our Father, our King,” prayer, which will be heard in synagogues during the holiday. This melody in particular will be sung, at least in reform synagogues. I don’t know how the Orthodox do it.
I’m putting it up mainly for my non-Jewish readers to maybe give you a little idea of what all those Jews absent from work will be doing tomorrow, and to provide you with a taste of the beauty of the service.
So many of my Christian readers are so strongly supportive of Israel. I recognize that part of this stems from biblical prophecy, but I believe many Christians also admire the strength and determination of Israel and its position as a lonely outpost of democracy in the Middle East.
There is a natural kinship these days between religious Christians and Jews in this country that many liberal Jews on the East Coast where I live unfortunately don’t even recognize is there.
So in a spirit of fellowship and love, I give you this. Yes, I know it’s Barbra Streisand. Just goes to show clarity of voice does not always equal clarity of political thought. But I don’t think you have to agree with everything Barbra says to be enchanted by her singing.
Shana Tova! A good a sweet year to all.