Excerpt from A Set of Holiday Sermons: Published by Central Conference of American Rabbis, 5669-1908
There is an old but beautiful parable associated with the observance of this day which pictures the House of Israel as similarly a camp of soldiers to whom the call of the Shofar has come in clear, loud, ringing tones, announc ing that the day of review is at hand. They recognize the full significance of its warning tones, and in ready answer to its biddings, have gathered for the momentous event, not however without feelings of sadness and regret, for their ranks have somewhat altered since the last roll call and new faces have appeared in place of loving comrades who have answered the final muster.
This Yom Teruah, this day of the blowing of the trumpet, is indeed the day of Israel's annual dress parade, when all of its soldiers - men, women and children - pass in solemn review before their commander-in-chief. But their parade ground is not that of the army post; it is the hal lowed precincts of the synagogue; the reveille which sum mons them together is not that of the blatant army drums; it is the still, small but stirring voice of each one '3 con science. The Commander who inspects them i no earth born son of man who looks upon the outer garb alone. He is the King of Kings, who searches the heart and sees to men's very souls; and the training which they receive is not that which fits them for battle with cannon and sword on fields stained with human blood; it is rather a schooling which prepares them to go out into the world of humanity, there to wage holy warfare for truth and righteousness, for liberty and progress, for home and country, for religion and God with the pruning hooks of peace, the ploughshares of honest and serviceable action.
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