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The Sanctity of Human Life [Rosh Hashanah greetings]
Lubavitch International ^ | Summer/Autumn 1991 | Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson

Posted on 09/04/2013 9:46:19 AM PDT by hlmencken3

The Sanctity of Human Life

A Message from the Rebbe

Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson

The month of Tishrei, the first month of the year on the Jewish calendar, is generally a time for introspection when we pause to reflect on how well we have conducted ourselves in the past year, and resolve to improve further in the New Year.

Thus, it is interesting to consider why it is that Rosh Hashana, which is the first day of the Jewish year, commemorates not the first day of creation, but rather the sixth--the day that man, Adam was created.

The introduction of one single individual to a universe that has been nearly completed--from the galaxies to the oceans, from animals to the myriad insect species--might seem insignificant.

But this sequence in the creation of the world--in which everything was prepared to perfection for Adam and Eve--conveys a message of priorities which is inherent in Judaism: The entire world was created for the purpose of humankind alone.

With this Divine design of a world created for humankind, the espousal of a population explosion theory, and attempts to contain population growth on a mass scale or in family life, defies the raison d'etre of this world.

For if we recognize that human life is the reason for all of creation, we cannot but realize that each human being is brought into the world with the talents and abilities to enhance and expand the resources which G-d has put at our disposal. To perceive humankind as depleting the world's resources rather than as a blessing to its development in new and better ways, is to forget the purpose of creation.

Thus it is that the first commandment and blessing in the Torah is to populate the earth with human life. And thus it is that the Jewish new year, on which day G-d passes judgement on all of creation, should correspond to the creation of humankind, giving testimony to human life as the most sacred and blessed of G-d's creation.

This is especially significant for our generation which has experienced the horrors of the Holocaust and the loss of six million of our people. It is our responsibility to embrace human life and promote and encourage its growth with enthusiasm and gratefulness.

The blessing of life is a recurring theme of Rosh Hashanah. In our prayers we repeatedly ask G-d to bless us with life, and in the Torah and Haftorah readings of the day, we read of two barren Jewish matriarchs--Sara, and Chana, both of whom were blessed on Rosh Hashana to conceive children. These children eventually grew to be great people: Isaac our forefather--the first person born a Jew, and Samuel the Jewish prophet.

From these matriarchs, who nurtured their children with the values of Torah, we see that the priority which we accord physical human life must be extended to the spiritual dimensions of life--through the education and moral direction we give our children. For it is only through Torah that the blessing of human life can be recognized, and its ultimate standing in the hierarchy of G-d's creations can be appreciated.

A good and sweet year to everyone and to all of us.


TOPICS: Judaism; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Worship
KEYWORDS: chabad; holidays; jewish
The new year for everyone and all of creation, and may it be prosperous, good and sweet for everyone associated with Free Republic!
1 posted on 09/04/2013 9:46:19 AM PDT by hlmencken3
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To: hlmencken3

Amen.


2 posted on 09/04/2013 9:48:29 AM PDT by Piranha (Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have - Saul Alinsky)
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To: Piranha

L’Shana Tovah to you and yours.


3 posted on 09/04/2013 9:49:37 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: hlmencken3

Shana Tova


4 posted on 09/04/2013 9:51:13 AM PDT by Truth2012
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To: hlmencken3

L”shanah Tovah.

Thank you for posting this excellent article. Amen.


5 posted on 09/04/2013 9:55:12 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: hlmencken3; NoGrayZone; onyx; GraceG; MestaMachine
Excellent article!

May G-d grant us a great Rosh Hashanah!

6 posted on 09/04/2013 10:11:13 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: hlmencken3

Wishing and praying for all men a blessed year. Even the worst sinners, since being blessed means not endorsement of where you are but rather an improvement in spiritual state.

I’d quibble with the late Rabbi around the edges as to whether the world is “only” for men. We also have animals, and we have plants, and we have angels both good and bad here. The scene would be poorer without them; God manages even to use the bad angels to His greater glory AND to enprivilege mankind to partake in that greater glory (cf the book of Job). But men are the stars of God’s show. They have the privilege of being made in His image. Nothing else does.

The good Lord bless everyone willing to receive the blessing. God is good all the time and desires blessing to all men. It is we humans who are saying no to God’s goodness.


7 posted on 09/04/2013 10:13:40 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: left that other site

Thank you, and to you as well. As we say in this season, may we all be blessed with a new year (5774) of peace, happiness, health and prosperity.


8 posted on 09/04/2013 10:23:24 AM PDT by Piranha (Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have - Saul Alinsky)
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To: Piranha

Amen.

Let us Hope and pray that is the case, for Our Beloved FReepers and for America as well.

A Sweet year ahead to you.


9 posted on 09/04/2013 10:25:51 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: hlmencken3

To the Jewish FRpers, a good and blessed New Year.


10 posted on 09/04/2013 1:07:30 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: hlmencken3
To all FReepers I wish a sweet and bountiful year and a sealing for good in the Book of Life.

I apologize to those whom I have offended or wronged by my often execrable behavior (anyone who has an issue to discuss in this vein please PM me).

May this be the year of Final Redemption!

11 posted on 09/04/2013 1:19:54 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (The Left: speaking power to truth since Shevirat HaKelim.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator; QBFimi; SkyDancer; NoGrayZone; onyx; GraceG; MestaMachine; GeronL; ...
I just wanted to wish all my FReeper FRiends a good Rosh Hashanah!

L'shanah tovah tikatev v'taihatem!


12 posted on 09/04/2013 7:56:06 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Biggirl; left that other site
L'Shana Tova


13 posted on 09/04/2013 7:58:04 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: KC_Lion

Thank You! That Picture is beautiful!

A Blessed Rosh Hashanah to You!
:-)


14 posted on 09/04/2013 8:02:09 PM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: KC_Lion

15 posted on 09/04/2013 8:23:05 PM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: MestaMachine
Thank You Mesta, may HaShem bless you 10000 Times over.

I am still praying for you. With G-d on your side, anything is possible.

Please stay well my FRiend, you honestly serve as an Inspiration to me!

L'Shana Tova Mesta!

Tom

16 posted on 09/04/2013 8:36:38 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: hlmencken3
Humanae Vitae
17 posted on 09/04/2013 8:38:34 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: KC_Lion; hlmencken3; MestaMachine; Sarah Barracuda; Yehuda; dennisw; Jewbacca; y'all

18 posted on 09/04/2013 11:30:34 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: hlmencken3

L’shana tova to all celebrating!

Eating a post- service apples and honey as we speak!


19 posted on 09/04/2013 11:49:49 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: hlmencken3

Happy Jewish New Year to all and everyone!


20 posted on 09/05/2013 7:30:08 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: hlmencken3

What a beautiful and uplifting thread this is. Thanks to all participants.


21 posted on 09/05/2013 8:16:32 AM PDT by married21
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To: KC_Lion

Ketiva VeChatima Tova!


22 posted on 09/05/2013 9:29:34 AM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again.)
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