Kabbalist’s Guide to the High Holidays

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Anti-Semitism returns to Long Beach State

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PEOPLE OF CONSCIENCE STAND WITH JEWS AND ISRAEL; DOWN WITH HATE, ANTI-SEMITISM, ISRAEL AND GAY BASHING

Malik Ali claims Jews nefariously control the world’s media, planned 9/11, orchestrated the Danish Mohammed Cartoons. In fact, he says, all the evils of the world can be blamed on the “Zionist Jews” that control the White House, Congress, the CIA, Supreme Court and more. Yes, this is real live demagogue, coming to speak at Long Beach State once again sponsored by the Muslim Student Association.Show your support for Israel and stand with Jews and people of conscience in protest of this vicious and anti-Semitic speaker!

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Nasrallah Rosh Hashanah

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From the Narrows I Was Liberated

A Rosh Hashanah Drasha/Dvar Torah Prepared for Hillel International

by Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Min ha-meitzar, karati Yah, anani ba-merchav Yah. Out of the narrows of distress I called upon God, God answered me with liberation (Psalm 118:5).”

With these words we introduce the blowing of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. Hearing the shofar is the only precept/mitzvah we have on Rosh Hashanah. Shofar is the essence and symbol of the holiday.

With these same words we cast our sins metaphorically into fresh waters during Tashlich, one of our most esoteric and forgotten rituals. After understanding the meaning of this verse, and the Tashlich ceremony, a beautiful way to unlock the spiritual mission of Rosh Hashanah is revealed.

In the Me’am Loaz, 18th century Ladino-Turkish commentary, it is written that this verse recounts the occasion of King David’s deliverance: “Out of a narrow place, where I found myself standing, with no way to turn, right or left—from the depths of my despair—I called upon God for deliverance…. God took me out into a broad expanse. Just as King David did not despair of redemption, we are not to give up hope even in the midst of the most terrible distress of exile….”
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