Many thanks for the Yom Kippur greetings, Misha - I’m truly touched.
The holiday (better: holy day) is a challenging one - as LC Elchonon explained, no eating, drinking, washing, etc., not to mention about 12 solid hours in shul (synagogue), standing up most of the time - but it’s also an unrivalled opportunity to thank G-d for having brought us to the close of another year and pray for forgiveness on a personal and national level, continued success (both in terms of livelihood and refinement of character), and national and personal fulfillment.
The U.S. flag is prominently displayed in numerous locations in my (orthodox) shul, and we ALL thank G-d for our beloved America, our American leadership, and our American soldiers and ask for complete success both domestically and abroad.
I personally pray for the continued convergence of American Jewry and conservative political ideology as practiced by our fantastic friends among the Christian right.
With so many disheartening moves towards appeasement of America’s and Israel’s shared enemies being made among the American and Israeli left, my constant prayer is also that voices of the sane and brave ultimately triumph in the present political discourse, without some tragedy having occurred first to stir leftists from their deluded intellectual sleep. I’ll derive little pleasure simply from being able to say “I told you so” if the cost is bourne by our country or by Israel.]]>