How Can It Possibly Be 5772 Already?

As Jake Tapper would say, I've just gotten used to writing 5771 on my checks.

The staff of Goldblog (its editor, reporters, researchers, mohels, and all the folks in the back office in Bangalore)  wants to wish everyone a sweet and joyous New Year.

Here's a favorite Rosh Hashana quote (from the U'Netaneh Tokef prayer):

Man begins in dust and ends in dust. He lays down his soul to bring home bread. He is like a broken shard, like dried grass, like a faded flower, like a breath of wind, like whirling dust, like a dream that slips away."

Erica Brown writes: "The Book of Life is just one more symbolic manifestation of our humility in front of the Master of the Universe. We realize in the midst of a world filled with mystery that we do not have ultimate control. We might feel that at work. We might feel that when confronting illness. Most parents realize that right away. We are supposed to feel this sense of humility every Rosh Hashana. There is a King, and we are faithful - if at times confused - servants, subject to a master plan we cannot access."

And what would Rosh Hashana be without a few haikus? I've asked Goldblog Senior Rabbi David Wolpe to write a couple. This is what he came up with on the fly:

Full brisket, chow mein

And here's my contribution:

Thank you God for life
But enough with the U.N.
If You wouldn't mind

Shana Tovah to everyone. I'll be back during the Days of Awe. Unless something happens.

Fasting from the fears of now
Jews tremble, sigh, sing

Souls open and raw

A chasm filled with cream cheese
Bagel circle of time

Hey Jews, really, again

Same seats and the same sermon,
New act, new fate, K?

Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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