The Truth and Nothing But the….. Truth!
What?! No holiday?
After celebrating a whole month of Jewish Holidays in the month of Tishrei, we come accross a rare month in the Jewish calendar rhat is empty of joyous celebrations.
As a result, this month in the Jewish year is known as “Mar-Cheshvan-מר חשון”- the “bitter” month Cheshvon.
Recently the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) had the chutzpah to declare that Bethlehem-בית לחם and Chevron-חברון were not part of the historic land of Israel.
Check the facts:
Genesis-בראשית chapter 15, verse 18: “To your children I shall give this land as a permanent inheritance.”
The 11th day of Cheshvon, this year, Tuesday, October 31st, is the observance of our Matriarch Rachel’s death anniversary. She is buried in Bethlehem. Since the liberation of Bethlehem in the 1967 “Six Day War”, Jews worldwide visit her famous burial site by the tens of thousands on that day and thousands more during the year.
On Shabbat, November 11th, we read in the portion of the Torah about the passing of our Matriarch Sarah, and Abraham’s purchase of the burial ground in Hebron. Again, tens of thousands of Jews worldwide will be spending Shabbat in Chevron to honor the memory of our Matriarch Sarah.
For the past 4,000 years, as Jews we have endured unparalleled suffereing and resilience. With the miraculous rebirth of Israel in 1948, now we have to explain over and over to the world our historical right to the Land of Israel.
Too bad so many people are fooled by historic revisionists led today by UNESCO. Remember that G-d is “truth” and He expects nothing but the truth!
May the month of Cheshvon become a sweet month in the future for peace and truth in the entire world.
Rabbi Tzvi Berkowitz
Rockwood Park Jewish Center
National Conference of Shomrim Societies
High Holiday Message 5778
As we prepare to usher in this coming year of 5778,we thank G-d for having sustained us and kept us in life to reach this day.
For some of our members, this has been a year of happiness and joy, for others of sorrow and sadness. Yet each and every one of us, has indeed so much for which to be thankful.
In Jewish tradition we are bidden to thank G-d each and everday that we can experience the world and its pleasures.” Baruch HaShem Yom Yom- Blessed is G-d each and everyday.”
With spirit as we begin the New Year,we pray for a year of health, happiness and prosperity. May this year see an era of peace come to our people in Israel and to all humanity. May we, individually, be thankful for life and it manifold blessings.
These past few weeks, have been extremely hard for me, since twelve years ago I was deployed to New Orleans by National Shomrim and the International Conference of Police Chaplains,to administer to the religious,spiritual and emotional needs of eight local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. I spent Rosh Hashanah praying with first responders from all over the United States.Orthodox,Conservative,Reconstrucionist and Reform beliefs all under the roof of a Reform Synagogue. My heart and prayers go out to all the citizens of Houston and the surrounding suburbs and to all the first responders who are away from their dear families,just as I was twelve years ago.
In the words of Professor Abraham Joshua Heschel,”Worship is a way of seeing the world in the light of G-d.”
On behalf of my dear family, we wish all our members and families a year filled with health, happiness and a very sweet and peaceful New Year
Chaplain Alan Edwards