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White House Dossier Pauses for Rosh Hashanah

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.

28 Responses to White House Dossier Pauses for Rosh Hashanah

  1. Mr Koffler, I have become a big fan of your site. I look forward each day to your new posts. As a committed Christian, I wholeheartedly agree with your view of the kinship between Christian and Jew and the admiration of Christians towards the strength and fortitude of Israel. Enjoy Rosh Hashanah.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing Keith. Just exquisite.

    Yes, I strongly support Israel, as an evangelical Christian. I admire greatly the fortitude of the Jewish people – despite rampant hatred & the pogroms of the past, and in our own time, the toleration of subtle racism by the elites in this country (most glaringly by Obama & his minions).

    L’shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatem, Keith. (I hope that’s right!)

  3. Keith, thanks, that was a beautiful rendition! I’ve been to Israel four times and each time I was taken by the kindness and strength of the people. Citizen Cain said that if you pick a fight with Israel, you pick a fight with America! My hope is that Herman is our next president. Common sense is not common. God bless Israel!

  4. Actually, Keith, I would remind you that Christians are told in Romans 11:23-24 that we are a wild vine grafted into the tree of Judaism. So the natural kinship flows from the realization that without Jews, there are no Christians.

    Anyway, Shanah Tova and Happy ראש השנה.

  5. And a good year to you, Keith.
    I am a Swedish Protestant and also a friend of Israel. I admire that little persistent country in the Mid East. I haven´t been there yet but it´s in my plans to go there some day.

  6. May you enjoy peace and joy on Rosh Hashanah. As a converged Catholic
    I understand how important religion is and it gives us all strength no matter
    what one we choose. I am a supporter of Israel and pray for them as they are not standing alone. So peace and thank you for your gift of writing.

  7. “Many Christians admire the strength and determination of Israel and its position as a lonely outpost of democracy in the Middle East.”

    One need not be a Christian to admire this. I am an atheist and I admire Israel very much. Its entire history from Herzl onwards is one of great imagination, boldness, indefatiguable courage, persistence, and willingness to go it alone. It reminds me of our own American history.

  8. Happy New Year Keith. I love your website and enjoy reading your posts and the comments all day long. I wish you and your family a very happy, peaceful and joyous new year, and continued success with WHD!

    • Thanks William. The resident has every right to voice his opinion and he did so in a very creative way. None of the signs appear to be calling for any harm to Obama. When Bush was in office I saw posters of him that were much more graphic.

      Sheesh…Nagin is still the mayor? Funny how they sic the bureaucrats on the poor guy because the signs are critical of Obama. The truth hurts.

      • Yeah, I love how they’re seeing if they can use some sort of zoning ordinance to get him. Also, there’s the obligatory charge of “racism” because, of course, you couldn’t possibly disagree with him.