Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins tonight. It is a time to
reflect, evaluate, celebrate and aspire to do better. It is a time to
honor the past: Listen as Max Fuchs, now 87, then 22 and fighting in World War Two, sang for the first Jewish service broadcast
from Germany since the advent of Hitler. It is a time to commit to a
more just future, to reaffirm our values of peace and justice, to
uphold the vow of Jews in the wake of the Holocaust to "challenge
bigotry and hatred wherever they exist" - even in Gaza, the West Bank, our very midst. L'Shana Tovah. Happy New Year.
"The memory of evil will
serve as a shield against evil. The memory of death will serve as a
shield against death" - survivor, author, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel.