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A Jew is never alone – A 2020 Vision for Rosh HaShanah

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This year, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the global Jewish community is not only saddened by the need to surrender many of the usual consolations of congregational worship — Halachic considerations make online broadcasts during Shabbos and Yom Tov impossible for many denominations within Judaism and, at the time of writing, communities in my home town of Tsfat in Israel (and all over the world) are formulating plastic-sheeted and encapsulated possibilities for some kind of communal worship still to take place.

Ritual details of home vs shul davening and attendance, complex indoor and outside regulations, and differing contemporary halachic rulings on minyan requirements in this year’s special circumstances have raised much anger and conflict. Many, otherwise holy Yidden, will continue to refuse to obey The month of Elul has been torn apart by discord over the best way to observe the Holidays and yet still guard human life. In Ukraine, that discord has escalated to produce international and denominational fury and sectarian rebellion.

And all this mayhem has descended on us at a time in the liturgical year when we ought to be seeking ways to resolve our differences, focus on teshuvah, and be especially aware that all Jews (whether they are religious or not ) are responsible one for the other within the eternal community of Kehal Yisroel. health and government authorities and will blithely ignore regulations designed to save life.

It is also a time in the year when, according to our tradition, the tiniest of our actions can tip the balance of Divine Judgment one way or the other. And that Judgement is a judgment on All Creation, not just Jews. Our shared responsibility right now is truly a matter of Awe.

I believe we are being asked three things this........

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