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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

11 October 2016. Yom Kippur Begins at Sundown Tonight



Yom Kippur, one of the holiest days in the Jewish Year, begins tonight at sundown. If your Jewish friends need a hand today… give it! Run an errand, watch the kids, walk the dog… whatever that they might need on this hectic day for them. It’s what decent people do… tomorrow, give ’em the space to honour their day of repentance. That’s the best gift that you can give them.


Sunday, 2 October 2016

2 October 2016. It’s Rosh Hashanah… The Start of the High Holy Days

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Today is the start of Rosh Hashanah (commonly called “Jewish New Year”)… the beginning of the High Holy Days that end with Yom Kippur (that’s 11/12 October this year). Except for Pesach (Passover), this is the holiest time of the Jewish liturgical year… Chanukah doesn’t even come close. If your Jewish friends or coworkers need a hand during this period, give it to them! It’s a hectic time of year for them. Do whatever good that you can do for them with a good heart, expecting nothing in return (“Yes, I WILL have some of the honey cake and Carmel wine… thank you, very much!”). We’re Christians; that’s what we do.

One last thing… remember the words of a humble Greek country pappas during the German occupation in World War II… “Our Lord Christ lived and died a believing Jew”. We should have the same attitude. Respect others and their faiths… full stop. That IS our duty as Christians. If we fail to honour that, we’re no Christians, and I’m not afraid to say so. I confide that I’m not alone in thinking that way…


Sunday, 16 September 2012

16 September 2012. The Jewish High Holy Days Begin at Sundown Today… Congrats to All My Jewish Friends


My good wishes go out to all my Jewish readers and friends. It’s Jewish New Year! Hooray… but it’s also the Days of Awe, when Jewish people ask forgiveness for all that they’ve fallen short in during the previous year. They conclude with the blowing of the shofar on Yom Kippur, which is on 26 September this year.

Have a most meaningful High Holy Days…


Friday, 14 September 2012

14 September 2012. The Jewish High Holy Days are on the Way! Give Your Jewish Friends a Hand, If You Can

“A good and sweet New Year!”


On Sunday evening, at sundown, the Jewish High Holy Days begin. Those of you with Jewish friends have noticed how frazzled they’ve become. This year, the holidays begin soon after Shabbos, so, they won’t have time to decompress and get ready. Offer to help if you can… watch the kids, do some shopping or errands, or help with the cleaning. It’ll all be appreciated, trust me.

God smiles when we help our friends… never forget that.


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