Monday, September 29, 2008

Happy Rosh Hashanah!

Cranmer would like to wish all of his Jewish readers and communicants G_d's rishest blessings for Rosh Hashanah. As you focus on G_d as King, he exhorts you to celebrate the sacred occasion with loud blasts of the Shofar (Lev 23:23-25).

In the words of Barak Obama: "The Jewish New Year is unlike the new years of any other cultures, in part because it's not simply a time for revelry; it's a time for what might be called determined rejoicing - a time to put your affairs with other people in order so you can honestly turn to God, a time to recommit to the serious work of tikkun olam - of mending the world."

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the card, Archbishop. I wish all fellow Jewish readers 'Shana Tova'

29 September 2008 at 21:42  
Blogger valrossie said...

Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year is a time for each of us to look inside ourselves. Reach out to your friends, family and near ones on this auspicious occasion and wish them a Happy Rosh Hashanah
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29 September 2008 at 23:02  
Blogger Dr.D said...

Surely you could find some one better than BO to quote for this occasion!

29 September 2008 at 23:08  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...

"mending the world"

This is hubristic, naïve, and should not be endorsed.

"Surely you could find some one better than BO to quote for this occasion!"

Cranmer is determined to rejoice with Obama because to put his affairs in order with him. And then go back criticising him next week. This is because the world cannot be mended. For Christians this is because the world is fallen. Plato also noted that we are bound to make mistakes--whether we do evil or good--because our senses tell us so little about the world.... As we shall see:

"The Jewish New Year is unlike the new years of any other cultures, in part because it's not simply a time for revelry; it's a time for what might be called determined rejoicing "

Wrong, consider the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne.

Obama's appraisal of this Jewish Festival is like a literate Bushism: illogical babbling with good grammer.

You wouldn't endorse Purgatory, Cranmer.

30 September 2008 at 01:36  
Blogger The Gentleman Loser said...

It's nice to see you go all multicultural.

30 September 2008 at 06:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dow drops by 777 points. Kabbalah, anyone?

30 September 2008 at 08:22  
Blogger mongoose said...

YG, It is Eid too!

30 September 2008 at 12:45  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Mongoose,

No, it is not.

In the UK it is Eid tomorrow. His Grace does not want to fall into the trap of acknowledging the Saudi Eid for those British Muslims who still adhere to phases of the moon in Mecca.

30 September 2008 at 13:15  
Blogger mongoose said...

I stand humble and corrected, YG.

I just found a whole worm-can of Googled-eyed complexity. It is all madness. I mean either have a date or have it when you've seen the moon. All the tricksy messing about with telescopes and latitudes - who cares if they can see the moon in Cape Town? I mean, dude, either go pastoral-mediaeval or go Blackberry.

BTW what happens if it's cloudy? I couldn't find an answer to that one. Is there a rule? Must be. I bet when the Head Honcho says it's Eid, it's Eid. (cf 'Under Milk Wood' - "There goes Mrs Twenty-Three, important, the sun gets up and goes down in her dewlap, when she shuts her eyes, it's night.")

30 September 2008 at 14:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic.

Now I don't have to wait until Jan 31, I can get rat-arsed tonight for Shana Tova and tomorrow for that other thing.

Come on you Zoroastrians? Don't tease.

30 September 2008 at 19:51  

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