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Second Day of Rosh HaShanah, 5778

This ancient prayer, originally written for Rosh HaShanah, is fiercely anti-idolatry. You might think that is it because God has no image and any image of God is therefore a distortion, ”No,” says Heschel, “It is precisely BECAUSE God has an image that idols are forbidden.” What is the image of God? YOU are the image of God on earth. Aleinu. It is upon us to complete the sacred task of perfecting the world under God’s watchful eye.

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