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Published on Sep 15, 2020 by Phyllis Chesler

Published by Phyllis Chesler

A Sweet New Year


“...It is not distant. It is not in heaven... nor is it overseas. The matter is very close to you, in your mouth and in your mind.”

(Nitzovim 30:11-14)


Our interpretation and fulfillment of the law is in our hands. Our understanding and our deeds are even more powerful than the sayings of prophets or priests. Our tasks: Fulfilling the law, being very kind as well as fair to each other, especially to the poor, the widow, the orphan, the stranger, and the convert; resisting idol-worship (and there are so many kinds of idols in each age and place), and loving God.

Let’s do it. If we all do so, surely, this year, the Messiah will come.

As you confess, repent, and promise to return to God’s ways, may you be blessed with health, prosperity, and joy. May you be spared from the many plagues that now afflict us.

Shana Tova— as my ancestors used to say in the Holy Land, in all the Old Countries, and in Boro Park.

Love,

Phyllis


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