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Page B-8, HERITAGE, Florida Jewish News, Friday, September 21, 1979 ~ Spiritual and Congregational Rabbi RUDOLPH ADLER Congr. Oheu Shalom It has been said, Athens gave the world philosophy and drama; Rome, government and architecture; Israel, the Bible, morality and holiness. The High Holidays are a means to remind the Jew to live not just an ordinary life, but to constantly strive to improve his own life and that of society, to reach higher to try for holiness. The Talmud tells us that at life's end, God will ask each indMdual, "did you conduct your business with integdtyT' The first and most important divine inquiry of maws life is with regards to ethics and morality. Again the scriptural reading for the Jewish Hew Year deals with Abraham, the first Hebrew, who was told by the Almighty..."Ascend Mt. tvodah"...move up from the ordinary life to the heights of holiness, from the morality of the masses to the superior striving of godly living. Likewise we, the descendants of Abraham, are charged year after year, and especially during the High Holidays, to rise above the ordinary and selfish life to something more sanctified, universal and more valuable for all mankind. Niost people are satisfied to remain in their tents, to merely enjoy the superficial pleasures without regard to the greater responsibilities of society. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish Hew Year, comes to remind RABBI ,ADLER us, that Judaism demands that we ascend the ethical NIL Sinai and build our society firmly on the moral principles of our Torah. it is well-known that both public and private morality today is at an all-time low. Government, business, professions and unions are all under investigation from time to time for poor practices. We, ourselves, in our own private affairs, have been careless. Our excuse many times has been that everyone does it. But Israel cannot merely follow the morality of the masses. We must be the leaders, the teachers of the masses, constantly trying to raise public morality and the ethics of each individual. I admit that this is no easy task. especially today when we are surrounded by much evil, misery, war anddeceit. How can we reach out at this time for holiness, morality, love and peace? This is exactly, our challenge today! As Jews we must not rest on our laurels of past Bible days. How, with so much darkness in our world, the need for our striving is greater than ever, to bring the message of holiness and the light of godliness to our stricken society. There are some young people who express much concern about the morality of war, poverty, law and order; some of their criticism is well- taken. But many times, the same people do not realize that their first responsibility is to practice ethics and morality in their own personal life, with their family, friends and community. Judaism holds that all of our activities must take place in an atmosphere of holiness; in home, school, business and organizations. Our Rabbis tell us that throughout the year the High Priest in the Temple of old used to wear golden garments, but on the Day of Atonement, during the High Holidays, he wore plain white linen. This was perhaps symbolic of the fact that not - the accumulation of gold and silver is the goal of life, but to conduct business in an atmosphere ofethics and morality, pure and clean like white linen. Let us also remember th'at at the end of life God will not count our money, He will evaluate our good deeds and our good name. Rabbi CHAIM ROZWASKI Temple Israel Among the things that we shall pray for this High Holy Days, we ought to pray most of all for the peace of our souls, the calmness of our hearts and the serenity of our minds. In short we need, once again, peace of mind. In an age permeated with social action, political involve- rnent, religious resolutions and economic turmoil, we perceive that the condition of the human soul is troubled, people are reaching out for love. They want to be needed. They search for a place to belong, a path to follow and a sign for what is right and what is wrong. It is amazing that at a time when we have the freedom to do almost anything we like, we lack the certitude of what to do and how to do it. We search for happiness but we don't know what it is. We have spouses but we don't know how to live with one another. We bear children and don't know how to rear them. We have jobs but don't know if we like them. We have friends and aren't sure if we can count on them. That's why there is this upsurge, this plethora of self awareness clinics, theories and proponents. That is why so many people are continu- ally searching, groping and RABBI ROZWASK! yearning for some solution, a morsel of advice and ray of hope for the end of their state of human uncertainty. NIaimonides says that "Happiness is the removal of doubt." We are so engulfed with doubt, doubt of all we see and read, all that we hear around us, doubt of our own values, and doubt of our own worth as human beings, individuals and persons, that we continually need self assurance as human beings, indMduals and persons, that we continually need self assurance and reach out for assurance from others as well as from ever newly emerging sources. Even if happiness were to stare us square in the face, we would not be able to see it, let alone recognize it. That is why we keep on looking for new ideas, new concepts, new things to do, new escapes and (blot that bad or wrong, and in itself It is this doubt and which cries solution, for answer. Judaism address itself today. We heart. 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