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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Meditations on Rosh Hashanah 

The Jewish New Year 5770 began this weekend. A few thoughts from folks wiser than ourselves in commemoration.

"A prominent Jewish prayer concludes, 'May the One who made peace in the heavens grant peace to us on earth.' What does it mean to create peace in the heavens? Ancient man looked up into the sky and he saw the sun and the rainclouds. And he would say to himself, 'How can fire and water, sun and rain co-exist in the same sky? Either the water would put out the fire or the fire would dry up the water.' How do they get along? It must be a miracle. The sun says, 'If I dry up the rainclouds, as I probably could, the world will not survive without rain.' The clouds say, 'If we extinguish the sun, the world will perish in darkness.' So the fire and the water make peace, realizing that if either one of them achieved a total victory, the world could not endure."---Rabbi Harold Kushner

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."---Mother Theresa


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