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The very concept of repentance and atonement has made the Jewish outlook on life one of cheerfulness and confidence.
The diversified authorship of the Prayerbook, embracing prophets and psalmists, legalists and poets, proclaims that all Israel has a share in its making.
The moon, appearing every month in several phases, is symbolic of the Jewish people whose history has assumed a variety of phases. Like the moon, they reappear aftern being eclipsed.
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When a scientist is ahead of his times, it is often through misunderstanding of current, rather than intuition of future truth. In science there is never any error so gross that it won't one day, from some perspective, appear prophetic.
Philip Birnbaum was an American religious author and translator, best known for his translation and annotation of the siddur, first published in 1949.
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