There sure is a lot to do in order to prepare for Rosh HaShannah. Two days of Rosh HaShannah means four holiday meals. That in itself means that there is a lot of shopping to be done. I can see it now. Jews in Jersey, Jews in Jerusalem, filling the shopping cart with delicacies. Of course this means that there is a lot of work to be done in the kitchen. I can smell the sweet aroma of chicken being cooked in wine, pineapple and honey now! Then there are those that are invited to eat elsewhere, to spend the holiday with good friends or close relatives. The change in scenery is in itself invigorating, a mechaye. The women of the family certainly want to greet the High Holy Days with some new clothes to say "shechechiyanu" on. It's time to pull out the credit card! Of course one must prepare good divrei Torah, the kind that will be interesting to children as well adults. We certainly have enough tasks to keep us busy.
I know of one Jew who will be spending the holiday alone. No one has invited him to spend the holiday with him. New clothes? No way! As for delicacies, I am not even sure that he has kosher food to eat. He's going to be spending the holiday locked up in a United States prison, just as he as done for over twenty years. The reason he is still in jail for the crime he committed is because he is a Jew.
Please forgive me, Jonathan Pollard. Forgive me for not doing enough for you. Please forgive the various Israeli governments for doing next to nothing to to get you out of jail, in spite of the great service that you did for them. Please forgive the Jews of the United States of America. You are their biggest nightmare. The mention of your name instills fear in their hearts, fear of the demon of the accusation of dual loyalty. This demon hovers above them as they sit in their comfortable US Government jobs and chat with their gentile colleagues about politics, sports, and the latest sitcom. The demon haunts them in their medical and law practices. He scratches them under the white collar and under the blue collar. When they mow their lawn, when they go the shopping mall, the demon is with them. They will do nothing for you for they dread the demon.
May this be the year that the demon is slain! May this be the year that Jonathan is set free, that his great stain of injustice will be removed from America once and for all. Amen, Kein Yehi Ratzon!
Update: Dry Bones has his say.