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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Sarah Palin holds like Rabbi Eliezer

There is a disagreement in the Talmud whether the world was created in the Hebrew month of Tishrei or Nisan.* Rabbi Yehoshua says Tishrei and Rabbi Eliezer says Nisan. (Tr. Rosh Hashanah 10b-11a

Sarah Palin, in her Rosh Hashanah message, holds like R' Eliezer:
As Jewish families gather to celebrate the New Year and a new beginning marking the Day of Creation, I want to join them in praying for a good and sweet year ahead. This day marks the beginning of a period of reflection and repentance. It is a time to remember our responsibilities to our families, our communities, our country, and our world.
Glad she cleared that up!

It's a nice message, by the way. Here's the rest:
This is also a time to remember who we are as Americans and our responsibilities to help our friends and allies as they seek peace and security. The people of Israel have overcome so many challenges, taken so many risks, and made so many sacrifices in the pursuit of peace and a better life for their children. This New Year begins with a new hope for peace, but the threats to Israel – and to us – have not gone away.

These are challenging times as Iran continues to work on building a nuclear weapon, Hamas attacks innocents on the eve of peace talks, enemies refuse to recognize Israel’s right to exist, and even in Europe and the United States we hear voices from those trying to delegitimize Israel.

To our Jewish friends and neighbors on this Rosh Hashanah, may you be inscribed in the Book of Life. And for our friends in Israel, know that the American people will continue to stand with you in this New Year as you strive for peace and security.

Shanah tovah u'metukah.
- Sarah Palin

(*To be precise, the world would have been created in either Elul or Adar; Man would have been created on the first of Tishrei or Nisan.)