Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Official Muqata Greetings for Rosh HaShana

Shalom to all the Muqata readership...

Wishing everyone a Shana Tova. It's customary to have "simanim" around the table on Rosh Hashana...honey for a sweet year, etc.

Additional ones from our Muqata household (feel free to add your own)

Lettuce, Raisins, Celery...and we say, "May we have a Raise-in Salary"

Bisli from Osem...and we say, "May we have an Awesome [Osem] year"

Mangos...and we say, "May our enemies be mangled"

Enough...the following 1 minute video (it repeats, so you only need to watch 1 minute of it) is more than inspiring for Rosh Hashana.

Wishing you a year of health, happiness, redemption, and aliya!

Jameel & Co.
The Muqata

Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael


Jim Baxter said...

Every September, I recall that is more than half a century (62 years) since I landed at Nagasaki with the 2nd Marine Division in the original occupation of Japan following World War II. This time every year, I have watched and listened to the light-hearted "peaceniks" and their light-headed symbolism-without-substance of ringing bells, flying pigeons, floating candles, and sonorous chanting and I recall again that "Peace is not a cause - it is an effect."

In July, 1945, my fellow 8th RCT Marines [I was a BARman] and I returned to Saipan following the successful conclusion of the Battle of Okinawa. We were issued new equipment and replacements joined each outfit in preparation for our coming amphibious assault on the home islands of Japan.

B-29 bombing had leveled the major cities of Japan, including Kobe, Osaka, Nagoya, Yokohama, Yokosuka, and Tokyo.

We were informed we would land three Marine divisions and six Army divisions, perhaps abreast, with large reserves following us in. It was estimated that it would cost half a million casualties to subdue the Japanese homeland.

In August, the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima but the Japanese government refused to surrender. Three days later a second A-bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. The Imperial Japanese government finally surrendered.

Following the 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, a Japanese admiral said, "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant..." Indeed, they had. Not surprisingly, the atomic bomb was produced by a free people functioning in a free environment. Not surprisingly because the creative process is a natural human choice-making process and inventiveness occurs most readily where choice-making opportunities abound. America!

Tamper with a giant, indeed! Tyrants, beware: Free men are nature's pit bulls of Liberty! The Japanese learned the hard way what tyrants of any generation should know: Never start a war with a free people - you never know what they may invent!

As a newly assigned member of a U.S. Marine intelligence section, I had a unique opportunity to visit many major cities of Japan, including Tokyo and Hiroshima, within weeks of their destruction. For a full year I observed the beaches, weapons, and troops we would have assaulted had the A-bombs not been dropped. Yes, it would have been very destructive for all, but especially for the people of Japan.

When we landed in Japan, for what came to be the finest and most humane occupation of a defeated enemy in recorded history, it was with great appreciation, thanksgiving, and praise for the atomic bomb team, including the aircrew of the Enola Gay. A half million American homes had been spared the Gold Star flag, including, I'm sure, my own.

Whenever I hear the apologists expressing guilt and shame for A-bombing and ending the war Japan had started (they ignore the cause-effect relation between Pearl Harbor and Nagasaki), I have noted that neither the effete critics nor the puff-adder politicians are among us in the assault landing-craft or the stinking rice paddies of their suggested alternative, "conventional" warfare. Stammering reluctance is obvious and continuous, but they do love to pontificate about the Rights that others, and the Bomb, have bought and preserved for them.

The vanities of ignorance and camouflaged cowardice abound as license for the assertion of virtuous "rights" purchased by the blood of others - those others who have borne the burden and physical expense of Rights whining apologists so casually and self-righteously claim.

At best, these fakers manifest a profound and cryptic ignorance of causal relations, myopic perception, and dull I.Q. At worst, there is a word and description in The Constitution defining those who love the enemy more than they love their own countrymen and their own posterity. Every Yankee Doodle Dandy knows what that word is.

In 1945, America was the only nation in the world with the Bomb and it behaved responsibly and respectfully. It remained so until two among us betrayed it to the Kremlin. Still, this American weapon system has been the prime deterrent to earth's latest model world- tyranny: Seventy years of Soviet collectivist definition, coercion, and domination of individual human beings.

The message is this: Trust Freedom. Remember, tyrants never learn. The restriction of Freedom is the limitation of human choice, and choice is the fulcrum-point of the creative process in human affairs. As earth's choicemaker, it is our human identity on nature's beautiful blue planet and the natural premise of man's free institutions, environments, and respectful relations with one another. Made in the image of our Creator, free men choose, create, and progress - or die.

Free men should not fear the moon-god-crowd oppressor nor choose any of his ways. Recall with a confident Job and a victorious David, "Know ye not you are in league with the stones of the field?"

Semper Fidelis
Jim Baxter
WW II and Korean War

Job 5:23 Proverbs 3:31 I Samuel 17:40

rivkayael said...

what's up with the lettuce? the raisin and celery i get...

JT said...

Shana Tova Jameel!

Anonymous said...

rivkayael: maybe it's that lettuce is slang for cash (think american bills)

how about the indian chickpea dish chana masala, for "a year full of mazel [masala]" (especially good if your name is chana)

also, chai tea for obvious reasons

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Lettuce = Let us
half a raisen = have a raise in
celery = salary.

Shana Tova!

~ Sarah ~ said...

shana tova :)

Anonymous said...

jameel: "lettuce half a raisin celery" - that's more clever than you let on previously - you didn't include all that before

how about chocolate from eilat, for a year with a lot [eilat] of chocolate

the sabra said...

ye i was gonna say u forgot to write 'let us..'

our family? we abstain from eatin nutty foods. somehow it never seems to work though...

shana tovah to u all, and may we greet moshiach BEFORE the holiday begins.

Jendeis said...

Just wanted to wish you and yours a shanah tova. I've enjoyed reading your blog these past couple of months. I really feel closer to what is going on in Israel, by reading your posts.

Jack's Shack said...

Shana Tova

Anonymous said...

A happy and healty New Year to all my Jewish friends.
And to all my non-Jewish friends as well

prof said...

why don't write a letter to a great personnalitie!
i post your letter
Chana Tova

staaaaaam said...

rav nebenzal says that you are supposed to do simanim in your own language as well as the traditional ones we already do, so the family got all into that...

we also got into a whole mango discussion, "a *man* should *go* and marry our daughter" but then we found hearts of palm in the salad, so the man should go steal her heart... yah fun stuff.

peach sparkling grape juice - peachy year

there were some good ones but i dont remember them :)

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