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September 21, 1979

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Section B Fri., Sept. 21,1979 / / / is Hebrew for New ne of the two most and ushers in of Penitence when judgment before period, rod looks into the hearts mines not only their as well. It is Iso dews sit in judgment comparing their Past year with the ]tions they had and the Jews of Rosh Hashanah and Conservative Observe two equally holy days, as has been the custom since the first century. Along with almost every other Jewish holy day, the Rosh Hashanah observances include a mixture of solemnity and festivity. The New Year is a time for a gathering of the clan, when young and old alike return to the family hearth. The pageantry of our holy day rituals creates emotional bonds to Judaism even among children too young to fully understand and appreciate the ethics of our faith. In later years, the intellect re-enforces these bonds of the mind and heart. The most important symbol of the Rosh Hashanah observance is the sho/ah or ram's horn, which is sounded during worship on the New Year and each of the ten days of penitence (see story on Page B-3). In the Rosh Hashanah services, the shofar calls upon the faithful to repent for their misdeeds of the past year; to return to God with contrite and humble spirit and to distinguish between the trivial and the important in life, s.o that the next twelve months may be richer in service to God and man. In spite of the solemn nature of e Rosh Hashanah observances, there is a general air of happy expectancy in home and synagogue. We enter the Ten Days of Penitence with faith in God's compassion and forgiveness. A significant Rosh Hashanah blessing gives thanks to God "for having kept us in health, and sustained us to reach this day." And in the prayers that accompany the breaking of bread, the bread is dipped in honey as a symbol of the, sweetness which we hope will mark the new year. -- Rabbi Morris N. Kertzer in "What Is a Jew?" copyright 1960, 1953 by The World Publishing Co.