THE DIVINE IMAGE
By RABBI DR. RAYMOND APPLE
Central to the Rosh HaShanah services are the twin concepts of G[-]d and Man. Their partnership and dialogue is the theme of millennia of history.
Genesis begins with G[-]d making the world and crowning the Creation by making Man.
Where did G[-]d get the idea of Man? He looked at Himself and made Man in His image (Gen. 1:27).
The simplistic conclusion is that Man is a photograph of G[-]d. And that whatever man looks like, that suggests the Creator’s image.
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ISRAEL'S SUPREME COURT INSTRUCTS THE STATE TO EXPLAIN THEIR REFUSAL TO PAY LIBERAL RABBIS' SALARIES
JERUSALEM – A Supreme Court hearing was held this past Sunday, September 6, 2020 regarding the petition against the freeze of funding towards the salaries of Reform and Conservative rabbis serving in Israel’s cities. This petition was filed by the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) on behalf of the Israeli Reform and Conservative movements.
During the hearing, Orly Erez-Likhovski, Director of IRAC’s Legal Department, criticized the State for freezing governmental support towards Reform and Conservative rabbis’ salaries while continuing to pay Orthodox rabbis, despite the lack of an approved national budget. Governmental support to Reform and Conservative rabbis serving in cities began in 2019 after 70 years of budgetary discrimination, and 4 Supreme Court petitions.
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ROSH HASHANAH begins Sunset, Sept. 18 -- YOM KIPPUR begins Sunset, Sept. 27-- SUKKOT begins Sunset, Oct 4, 2020
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SOUND THE SHOFAR FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
Cry out. Do not hold back. Raise your voice like a shofar.
By ANDREA LONDON
Join Jews across the nation in sounding a clarion call for accountability for a new year of compassion, transformation and justice for all. Each year during the communal observance of Rosh Hashanah, Jews blow a shofar, a primitive instrument made from a hollowed-out ram’s horn. The Talmud (the primary source of Jewish religious law) teaches that the three types of shofar sounds heard during the holiday represent three types of cries: the t’ruah (staccato notes that sound like an urgent alarm), the sh’varim (medium-length blasts that sound like crying) and the t’kiah (long, summoning calls).
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JBS TO AIR REFORM, ORTHODOX & CONSERVATIVE HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES
For the very first time, Jews can sit in the comfort of their own homes and experience on television the variety of Jewish traditions that reflect the best of American Jewish pluralism. For these High Holidays, JBS will be televising Reform, Orthodox and Conservative services to hundreds of thousands of viewers throughout America.
“Whichever style of service is meaningful to our viewers,’ explained JBS President Rabbi Mark S. Golub, “they will find it on JBS.”
“This is especially important this year during Covid-19,” added Rabbi Golub, “when most people are unable to attend a synagogue in person. And it is most important to those who are elderly or ill and would have no other way to be part of the Jewish community on the High Holidays.”