9/11 Reflection as Rosh Hashanah Day of Remembrance

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9/11 as a Time of Introspection

As always, 9/11 has been a time of reflection and introspection — which is exactly what one practices on the Jewish high holy days. With the world in political strife this is, perhaps, the perfect opportunity for all to stop and take stock in themselves and all on this planet. With the unspeakable horror 9/11 brought — with that day also came a momentary birth of solidarity in the U.S. and worldwide as people of different faiths and political agendas worked together to rescue, comfort, support and rebuild.

A 9/11 Sunny Day Turned Frigid in Fear

Sept 11, 2001, George W. Bush had been president for not yet a full year. The U.S. elected him amid cries that he did not win by the popular vote. Yet, political views aside, the country settled into its everyday routine.

9/11 in a New Age of Disharmony

Barack Obama took the office as president after Bush. as the first African-American president, Obama had to fight prejudice as he worked to better his country. Regardless of political beliefs, the U.S. was attempting to grow in a new-age of social media making it easy to create new discord.

9/11 View from Military Mom Turned Back to Civilian Mom

Not the typical military mom, I wondered if not for 9/11 would my baby still be choosing to do what she was doing. This mom was terrified — I never left my phone — for fear that I would miss a call — or even the bigger fear that I would get a call no parent would want to get. She spent 9/11 being worked hard to ready for any harsh situation of battle, as I kept up hopes of a safe future.

Rosh Hashanah on 9/11 as a new Call for Solidarity

The Rosh Hashanah holiday is not just for the Jewish people as it directs the prayers to all the people on Earth, “All inhabitants of the world pass before G‑d like a flock of sheep,” continuing that the heavenly court decrees, “who shall live, and who shall die … who shall be impoverished and who shall be enriched; who shall fall and who shall rise.”

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Carol Ruth Weber

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