Saturday, September 19, 2009

Rosh HaShanah 2009 / 5770 - Kisiva Vachasima Tova!

Cranmer wishes all of his Jewish readers and communicants L'SHANAH TOVAH TIKATEVU! (Literal translation: 'May you be inscribed [in the Book of Life] for a good year').

Rosh HaShanah is observed on the first two days of Tishrei. Jewish tradition teaches that during the High Holy Days God decides who will live and who will die during the coming year. As a result, during Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur (and in the days leading up to them) Jews embark upon the serious task of examining their lives and repenting for any wrongs they have committed during the previous year. This process of repentance is called teshuvah. Jews are encouraged to make amends with anyone they have wronged and to make plans for improving during the coming year. In this way, Rosh HaShanah is all about making peace in the community and striving to be a better person.

His Grace hopes that Mayor Boris will exhort all Gentiles to reflect over these 10 days leading to Yom Kippur, and celebrate the advent of the year 5770 with you - in order that Judaism may be better understood and resurgent anti-Semitism exposed and challenged.

The Prime Minister has sent greetings to the Jewish community. He said:

“Friends, as we approach Rosh Hashanah I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you a good and sweet year.

“My admiration for the British Jewish community is boundless and as you gather in homes and synagogues across the country, our thoughts are with you all and we pray for a year of peace and prosperity for all the world.

“As the shofar awakens you to reflect upon your lives, so too may it call on all of us to think about how we can be better servants of our communities. My warm best wishes extend to your family and friends. Ketiva ve-chatima tovah.”


Anonymous len said...

Baruch haba beShem Adonai; Yeshua HaMashiach.

19 September 2009 at 10:15  
Blogger Gnostic said...

What His Grace, said. B'hatzlacha.

19 September 2009 at 11:16  
Anonymous Stuart said...


19 September 2009 at 11:46  
Anonymous Anguished Soul said...

We're one year closer to when our Lord returns.


19 September 2009 at 12:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Jewish reader, I appreciate your greeting.


19 September 2009 at 18:13  
Anonymous Ben said...

Boris Johnson has two opportunities to fast in the next few days. The Fast of Gedaliah is this Monday, and Yom Kippur is on the Monday following.

19 September 2009 at 20:17  
Blogger brian said...

I would wish this to you, did I only know how to pronounce it.

20 September 2009 at 05:56  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

More arse licking from the goyim,will the Christians get a personal message any time soon Christmas perhaps?

20 September 2009 at 09:33  
Anonymous non mouse said...

When's Michaelmas, again?

20 September 2009 at 12:53  
Blogger brian said...

ENGLISHMAN, not that at all, just trying to be nice to the neighbors.
Ever heard of ENGLISHMEN like Oliver Cromwell? Charles II? Roger Williams? No?
Very different, very strong disagreements-all very ENGLISH. All "Goyim"-in their own ways, natch. All pals with Jews.

20 September 2009 at 16:31  
Anonymous Another Jewish Reader said...

Many thanks Your Grace.

20 September 2009 at 22:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace,

Thank you for saying this to the True Vine.

(PS: what a huge amount of posting over the weekend on this blog. I really have missed some great thoughts, observations and remarks.)

21 September 2009 at 08:01  
Blogger Wyrdtimes said...

English law for England
English taxes for England
Home rule for England


Beth Din and Sharia courts should be closed.

26 September 2009 at 22:55  

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