Going into the Day of Atonement

Tonight at sunset begins the last of the Jewish ten days of returning (more colloquially, repentance). This is the most intense day of prayer of the entire Jewish calendar.

Many worries are on my mind. I fear that patriots are becoming more accepting of the prospect of massacres of the left. We have been persecuted for decades: demeaned, harassed, deplatformed, fired, beaten, arrested, and so on. Our leaders do not fight back on our behalf.

Today I have read some alleged right-wing people’s crazy ideas for terrorism cloaked in the guise of mischievous civil disobedience. It sounds funny until you realize the consequences of these pranks. And who knows if these are agents provocateurs?

This is why we must separate ourselves physically from the left. They are destructive of our souls. I posted yesterday on secession, and I will continue to do so as long as I can.

A better view of our task is contained in Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If”.

If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    ⁠And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    ⁠Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    ⁠And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

I invite my Jewish readers (and anyone else interested) to study the Chapter of Reverence (Deuteronomy 10:12-11:9).

  1. And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
  2. To keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command you this day for your good?
  3. Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s your God, the earth also, with all that is in it.
  4. Only the Lord took delight in your fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, you above all people, as it is this day.
  5. Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.
  6. For the Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God,mighty and awesome, which favors no person, nor takes bribes;
  7. He executes the judgment of the orphan and widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and garment.
  8. Love you therefore the stranger; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
  9. You shall fear the Lord your God; him shall you serve, and to him shall you hold fast, and swear by his name.
  10. He is your praise, and he is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things, which your eyes have seen.
  11. Your fathers went down into Egypt with seventy persons; and now the Lord your God has made you as the stars of heaven for multitude.
  1. Therefore you shall love the Lord your God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, always.
  2. And know this day; for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm,
  3. And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt to Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and to all his land;
  4. And what he did to the army of Egypt, to their horses, and to their chariots; how he made the water of the Red Sea overflow them as they pursued after you, and how the Lord has destroyed them till this day;
  5. And what he did to you in the wilderness, until you came into this place;
  6. And what he did to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben; how the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and all the goods that were in their possession, in the midst of all Israel;
  7. But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the Lord which he did.
  8. Therefore shall you keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that you may be strong, and go in and possess the land, which you are going over to possess;
  9. And that you may prolong your days in the land, which the Lord swore to your fathers to give to them and to their seed, a land that flows with milk and honey.

Also the Chapter of Returning (Repentance) (Deuteronomy 30:1-10).

  1. And it shall come to pass, when all these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you shall call them to mind among all the nations, where the Lord your God has driven you,
  2. And shall return to the Lord your God, and shall obey his voice according to all that I command you this day, you and your children, with all your heart, and with all your soul;
  3. That then the Lord your God will turn your captivity, and have compassion upon you, and will return and gather you from all the nations, where the Lord your God has scattered you.
  4. If your outcasts have been driven out to the farthest parts of heaven, from there will the Lord your God gather you, and from there will he fetch you;
  5. And the Lord your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and he will do you good, and multiply you above your fathers.
  6. And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your seed, to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live.
  7. And the Lord your God will put all these curses upon your enemies, and on those who hate you, who persecuted you.
  8. And you shall return and obey the voice of the Lord, and do all his commandments which I command you this day.
  9. And the Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in every work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your land, for good; for the Lord will again rejoice over you for good, as he rejoiced over your fathers;
  10. If you shall listen to the voice of the Lord your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the Torah, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul.
  11. For this commandment which I command you this day, is not hidden from you, nor is it far off.
  12. It is not in heaven, that you should say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?
  13. Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?
  14. But the word is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may do it.

Also Rabbeinu Yonah’s Yesod HaTeshuvah (Foundation of Repentance): https://dafyomireview.com/287

Many apologies for not getting this out in time for my Israeli readers. May you have an easy and meaningful fast. May the coming year be a year of complete healing for the world, Amen.

4 thoughts on “Going into the Day of Atonement

  1. Surak, although Christians tend to read more in the New Testament, we acknowledge the divine inspiration of the Old Testment. These are our Scriptures as well. May God bless you and our other Jewish brethren on these Holy Days.

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  2. I hope you and the Missus had an easy fast.

    I did not get to Shul. 😦 The consequences of marrying a [non-Jew].

    Anyway, as to “ideas” for if (when) the SHTF… while I agree that nobody should go off and start something, do not forget THEY want something to start. Our backs are against the wall, the hour is late. And if we continue to restrain… restrain… restrain then we’ll find ourselves restrained. And in camps in those restraints.

    Again, I don’t want bad things to happen. I fear that they will regardless of what we do.

    Shabbat shalom!

    FYI for all, my last piece – and I submitted a new one today.

    https://granitegrok.com/blog/2021/09/a-short-9-11-reminiscence

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