Saturday, September 11, 2010

As We Welcome in the New Year, We Also Remember 9/11..

Sorry to be late with something so important! 2 things I love (besides my family), my country, and New York City. So when both things were attacked I was in a deep depression for many years after. This year 9/11 falls during Rosh Hashanah aka Jewish New Year. I just received this email and I think it speaks a lot to overcoming ignorance, intolerance, and holding what really matters close.

As 5771 Approaches....

This week the Jews began their 5771 st on this earth! Who would have believed this possible? If anyone had told Abraham that his people would be around this long he probably would have been astounded.

Imagine, we did this without beheading anyone on TV, without a single

suicide bomber , without kidnapping and murdering school children,

without slaughtering Olympic athletes, and without flying airplanes

into skyscrapers.

We lasted this long despite 400 years as slaves in Egypt , 40 years of

wandering in the desert, the mighty Roman army who nailed us to ten

thousand crosses; despite the best efforts of fervent Crusaders, the

Spanish Inquisition, Hitler's third Reich, Stalin's gulags, Arab wars

of annihilation and 100 years of hateful terrorism, hundreds of

hate-filled UN resolutions.

How did we Jews do it? We survived by concentrating our efforts on

education, love of family, faith, hard work, helping one another and a

passionate dedication to life no matter what evil befell us.

We hung in there in hope the rest of the world would one day overcome

it's hatreds, jealousies, violence and join us in a life of cooperation

and mutual respect.

We're not there yet, but we're still hopeful. And when so many of us

enter our places of worship next weekend, this is what we'll pray for

with all the strength in our hearts.

Best wishes for a New Year filled with health, happiness, laughter,

success, joy, and kindness and may this coming year bring peace and

security to Israel , to the Jewish communities in the Diaspora and to

our planet.

5771 and counting.

Here is a "Pink Peace Symbol" PIF for today. You may place this on all of your personal sites and projects. Remember the rules; Not for resale or commercial use w/out asking. Please don't claim as your own, edit, and/or use as a link anchor for anything else other than my sites. Need this for commercial use without watermark? Contact me and I'll be happy to help you out.

As the Beatles say... "All You Need Is Love"

Thanks for reading,


P.S. I have just changed the player to reflect some PEACE, LOVE, and REMEMBRANCE♥

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