Trepidation before the Jewish New Year

Jews this year will be approaching the Jewish New Year signified by the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the High Holidays with more than the usual spiritual trepidation.  This year the trepidation revolves around the pressure being put on Israel by the U.S. to make even more concessions to get the Palestinians to the negotiation table. The High Holidays start with Rosh Hashanah the evening of Sept. 4.

This blogger is not optimistic. Until the Palestinians accept Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state nothing good or lasting will come out of any negotiations or concessions. This is the Facebook page of one of the key Palestinian negotiators. Notice the green map of Palestine in the top center of the page. The State of Israel under any borders, not pre-1967, not 1948, does not exist. That has to tell you something.

Need more evidence of Palestinian intentions? Read the Palestinian Authority’s charter here (check out article 6) and Hamas’s charter here (check out section 24).

But let’s not let this farce in Washington ruin the High Holidays. I have written numerous stories about those holidays. Here is a readers’ favorite, The Silver Bullet, an Elijah story. Hope you enjoy it.

Please watch this blog for news about and more excerpts from my upcoming novel for Jewish young adults, The Uncertain Art of Hooking Up, as well as more stories like The Silver Bullet from Also, feel welcome to check out my paperback book for Jewish children: Miracles–stories for Jewish children and their families. (All the stories are available for online at

You  also can follow this blog, American Jew, on Twitter, @storyauthor1225.


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