Rosh Hashanah message from ORA

September 24, 2014 by J-Wire Staff
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The Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia (ORA) has sent the Australian and New Zealand Jewish communities a message for the Jewish New Year.

Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant

Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant

President Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant said:

“This year we have been supremely challenged as a community both here in Australia and across the globe.

The tragic war in Israel and the associated loss of life, indeed the impact of this volatility on Jews everywhere has reached gargantuan proportions.

The scourge of child abuse still hangs over us and many other faith communities like a dark cloud and a stain that penetrates deep beneath the surface.

As we look around and we see the senseless killings and murders by terrorists and the wholesale degradation and erosion of humanity and its most basic of values, we have much to pray about and indeed much to pray for as we enter the Synagogues this Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

The vernacular among the youth in recent years became “it’s all good”; my message this year is that “it aint all bad”.

Underneath all the tragedy and difficulties, the pain and suffering lies a deep-rooted hope and faith that has been our mainstay for generations. “Ani Maamin”, I believe, we must all believe and have faith in what must become a better world. We pray and hope for better times when peace, true peace will reign supreme and all peoples of the earth will live together in harmony as G-d intended it to be.

May we be inscribed by the Almighty for a year of only good things – health, happiness, nachas, livelihood and most importantly peace.


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