Rosh Hashanah-lesson on the holiday

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    Tonight starts Rosh Hashanah and around this time I like to teach a lesson about the holiday.

    Sometimes in life, there are situations that we would prefer not to deal with.
    Maybe it's a problem that we just can't come to terms with, or a habit which we can't seem to kick.
    It's tough to admit that we're less than perfect, that we need help.
    An ostrich buries its head in the sand and hides, the dog that knows he did wrong in relieving himself
    on your carpet whimpers behind the easy chair trying to hide from his master in shame.

    Why is it so difficult for us to admit what we do? Ego, fear, feelings of inadequacy?
    What drives us to hide and pretend it doesn't exist or worse displace blame?

    During this holiday celebrating the New Year we reflect on how to make our lives more 'whole' and 'complete' ('Shalem').
    We must use this reflection to remove that barrier and protective covering that we build around ourselves when we hide from
    our issues and therefore from addressing them and improving ourselves and our society around us.
    During Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we involve ourselves in an introspective process to free ourselves of that avoidance nature
    and this self judgment and atonement process is called, in Hebrew, 'Teshuva'.
    A reflection returning us to reality. Taking our heads out of the sand, dropping our frail human ego,
    and taking us from our hiding from behind the couch to face our master.
     
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    Don't forget al tashlichenu when the Chazzan prostrates himself and chants Sh'ma Koleynu.

    Oh, and L'Shana Tova Tikatevu.
     
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    Don't they send the scapegoat over the cliff as well.

    Here in the US we do the same, not based on religion though. That is why we make New Years resolutions which are quickly forgotten about by the end of Jan. Every day is a time for introspection.
     
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    Shared this post with my wife who found it "excellent"

    Happy New Year
     
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    Thank You Frank,
    Happy Rosh Hashanah.
     
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    Some Christians do imbue New Years day (the January 1 new years day) with
    a religious quality and consider it the day that Jesus was circumcised. Did you not
    tell us, Penelope, that you have STUDIED religion? ----how could you have missed
    that one? even I know... my major was biology. The calendar which we use in the USA was created by the pope------Gregory------I think-----I do not recall
    his number. The calendar Gregory created has lots to do with religion. Your catechism nun FAILED you--------
     
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    Nothing to do with circumcision . Your so funny. Has to do with Easter. Christians could give ten rips about circumcision.
     
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    wrong again-----January 1 is or has been celebrated as "the feast of the circumcision"-----that is the circumcision of Jesus. Paul decided to do away
    with circumcision to get more converts to his new religion. There are famous
    Renaissance paintings of that circumcision------I can picture one in my mind ---
    right now. January 1 is EASTER? on what planet? Your catechism nun
    has failed again. You know less about Catholicism than do I. I will help----
    December 25 is CHRISTMAS----supposed to be the birth of Jesus------January 1
    is New Years day-----supposed to be the day upon which Jesus was circumcised.---
    which is seven days after he was born. That's according to the catholic calendar
     
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    Correct, so now what was Sept?
    Hint:
    It was not the ninth month & September means it's original number of the month.
     
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    sept is SEVEN (I did not really know-----I googles "septagon")
     

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