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CBN NewsWatch: September 4, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Sept. 4: Obama warns G-20 'credibility at stake' on Syria; Ore. Bakery Owners Won't Be Cowed by Gay Backlash; Lawmakers push to label Ft. Hood 'act of terror'; and more. Read Transcript


Mark: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," APPEALING FOR

SUPPORT.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

MAKES ITS CASE FOR ACTION IN

SYRIA.

PLUS, WORKPLACE VIOLENCE OR

AN ACT OF TERRORISM, A LOOK

AT WHAT VICTIMS OF THE FORT

HOOD SHOOTING ARE SUING THE

GOVERNMENT.

AND CELEBRATING ROSH

HASHANAH.

WHAT THE JEWISH NEW YEAR

MEANS FOR CHRISTIANS.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

A SENATE PANEL HAS VOTED TO

ALLOW THE PRESIDENT TO USE

MILITARY FORCE IN SYRIA.

THE MEASURE WILL NOW HEAD TO

THE FULL SENATE, BUT NOT ALL

LAWMAKERS ARE CONVINCED THAT

AN ATTACK IS IN THE U.S.

INTEREST.

AS JOHN WAGGI EXPLAINS IN

TONIGHT'S TOP STORY, NEITHER

IS THE AMERICAN PUBLIC.

Reporter: FOR A LEADER

TRYING TO PERSUADE EUROPEANS

AND REPUBLICANS TO SEE HIS

POINT OF VIEW, PRESIDENT

OBAMA SOUNDED AWFULLY

DEFIANT IN SWEDEN.

President Obama: MY

CREDIBILITY IS NOT ON THE

LINE.

THE INTERNATIONAL

COMMUNITY'S CREDIBILITY IS

ON THE LINE, AND AMERICA AND

CONGRESS' CREDIBILITY IS ON

THE LINE.

Reporter: THE PRESIDENT

ALSO CLAIMS HE WASN'T THE

ONE THAT DREW A RED LINE ON

SYRIA'S CHEMICAL WEAPONS.

President Obama: THE

WORLD SET A RED LINE WITH

GOVERNMENTS REPRESENTING 98%

OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION

SAID THE USE OF CHEMICAL

WEAPONS ARE ABHORRENT, AND

PASSED A TREATY FORBIDDING

THEIR USE, EVEN WHEN

COUNTRIES ARE ENGAGED IN

WAR.

Reporter: DESPITE THE

COMBATIVE TALK FROM THE

COMMANDER IN CHIEF, HE GOT

HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER'S

BACKING FOR AN ATTACK.

I BELIEVE THAT MY

COLLEAGUES SHOULD SUPPORT

THIS CALL FOR ACTION.

Reporter: BUT SECRETARY

OF STATE JOHN KERRY WAS

HECKLED BY PROTESTORS AS HE

AND OTHER TOP CABINET

MEMBERS SPENT A SECOND DAY

ON CAPITOL HILL.

THEY'RE TRYING TO CONVINCE

MORE LAWMAKERS THAT THEIR

PROMISE OF NO U.S. BOOTS ON

THE GROUND AND NO REGIME

CHANGE WILL EASE FEARS.

BUT THEY HAVE WORK TO DO,

EVEN AMONG DEMOCRATS.

WE CAN'T BE A SHERIFF FOR

THE WHOLE WORLD, EETSD.

EITHER.

Reporter: ISRAELIS ARE

CELEBRATING ROSH HASHANAH,

THE JEWISH NEW YEAR.

PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN

NETANYAHU WARNED THAT HIS

MILITARY IS WATCHING SYRIA

CLOSELY.

AND WHILE WE'RE NOT

INVOLVED IN THE INTERNAL

CONFLICT IN SYRIA, WE WILL

DEFEND OURSELVES IF IT IS

NECESSARY.

WE WILL ACT WITH RESOLVE TO

PROTECT OUR PEOPLE.

NO ONE SHOULD DOUBT OUR

RESOLVE.

Reporter: MEANWHILE,

POLLS SHOWED THAT A SIZEABLE

MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ARE

NOT KEEN ON MORE MILITARY

ACTION IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

WE SHOULD NOT GO TO WAR

WITH SYRIA.

WE SHOULD JUST MIND OUR OWN

BUSINESS.

Reporter: BUT THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION AS DETERMINED

IT IS AMERICA'S BUSINESS TO

PROTECT PEOPLE AGAINST

CHEMICAL WEAPONS.

JOHN WAGGI, CBN NEWS.

Mark: FOR MORE ON THE

POLITICAL IMPLICATION OF

ACTION IN SYRIA, WE TURN TO

OUR CHIEF POLITICAL

CORRESPONDENT DAVID BRODY.

DAVID, IS THIS A DEFINING

MOMENT FOR THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION?

David: THERE IS NO

DOUBT ABOUT IT, MARK.

THIS IS HEALTH CARE,

OBAMACARE FROM A FOREIGN

RELATIONS STANDPOINT.

THIS IS HIS OBAMA CARE VOTE

WHEN IT COMES TO FOREIGN

POLICY.

IT IS A WATERSHED MOMENT FOR

THIS PRESIDENT.

HE IS, AT THIS POINT, IN A

BIT OF TROUBLE.

THERE IS GOING TO BE SOME

SERIOUS HEAVY V ARM

TWISTING IN CONGRESS OVER

THE NEXT FOUR OR FIVE DAYS.

IT IS FUNNY, WE SIT HERE AND

WE TALK ABOUT HOW CONGRESS,

WELL, WE'RE NOT SURE IF

WE'RE GOING TO GO ALONG WITH

THE PRESIDENT.

BUT, OH, MY GOODNESS, ALL OF

A SUDDEN HE HAS A LOT OF

FOLKS BEHIND HIM BECAUSE

PRINCIPLES HERE IN

WASHINGTON SEEM TO CHANGE ON

A DAILY BASIS.

Mark: LIKE YOU SAID,

OBAMA IS GETTING REPORT FROM

REPUBLICANS.

IS THIS BIPARTISAN

COLLABORATION GOING TO LAST,

THOUGH?

David: PROBABLY NOT.

LET ME SAY A COUPLE OF

THINGS ABOUT THAT BIPARTISAN

COLLABORATION, OR AS LEAST

GETTING HELP FROM

REPUBLICANS, YES, HE HAS

JOHN BOEHNER ON HIS SIDE,

AND HE HAS THE MAJORITY WHIP

OF THE HOUSE, ERIC CANTOR ON

HIS SIDE, AND, YEAH, HE HAS

JOHN MCCAIN AND A COUPLE OF

OTHER FOLKS, BUT THE ACTUAL

RANK-AND-FILE OF THE HOUSE

OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE TEA

PARTY RANK-AND-FILE, IS NOT

THERE AT ALL, AND HE HAS GOT

THE ANTI-WAR DEMOCRATS NOT

ON HIS SIDE, EITHER.

HE NEEDS THOSE ANTI-WAR

DEMOCRATS THAT WOULD HAVE

VOTED AGAINST GEORGE BUSH.

WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA,

POTENTIALLY A DIFFERENT

STORY.

SO WE'LL HAVE TO SEE ABOUT

IT.

Mark: DO YOU THINK THE

PRESIDENT WILL ACT, EVEN IF

HE DOES NOT GET SUPPORT FROM

CONGRESS?

David: THAT IS THE

SENSE, MARK, HE WILL MOST

LIKELY ACT.

HE HAS CREATED THIS RED

LINE.

HE WILL SAY NO -- AS A

MATTER OF FACT, TODAY WE

HEARD HE SAID HE DID NOT

CREATE ANY SORT OF RED LINE,

IT WAS AN INTERNATIONAL RED

LINE.

BUT HE SAID IF THEY -- THEY

BEING SYRIA -- IF THEY USE

CHEMICAL WEAPONS, HE WILL

HAVE TO USE SOME SORT OF

FORCE.

HE SAID IT.

AT THAT POINT, IF YOU'RE

GOING TO HAVE A RED LINE,

YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO

SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

WHAT WE'RE SEEING RIGHT NOW,

MARK, IS A "PASS THE BUCK"

MENTALITY.

HE SAYS, I WANT TO DO

SOMETHING, I'M THE PRESIDENT

OF THE UNITED STATES, BUT,

OH, BY THE WAY, LET ME CHECK

WITH CONGRESS TO SEE IF

THEY'LL GO ALONG WITH THIS.

AND NOW IF CONGRESS DOESN'T,

HE WILL BE BOXED INTO A

CORNER.

IT IS A TOUGH SPOT FOR THE

PRESIDENT.

Mark: FAST FORWARD.

LET'S SAY THE U.S. STRIKES

SYRIA.

THEN WHAT?

WHAT IS THE DYNAMIC LIKE IN

THE U.S.?

David: THAT'S THE

WHOLE PROBLEM HERE.

BEYOND JUST THE UNITED

STATES, A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY

WORLD WAR III, BUT THERE ARE

CLEAR LINES HERE, RUSSIA,

IRAN, SYRIA, YOU CAN GO DOWN

THE LIST OF THE ACCESS OF

EVIL, SO TO SPEAK, AND THEN

YOU HAVE THE UNITED STATES.

YOU KNOW, THERE ARE A LOT OF

FOLKS RIGHT NOW SAYING WAIT

A MINUTE, THE PRESIDENT OF

THE UNITED STATES HAS CALLED

FOR 60 DAYS OF SOME SORT OF

MANEUVER WITHIN SYRIA, MAYBE

AN ADDITIONAL 30 DAYS, BUT A

LOT OF FOLKS ON CAPITOL HILL

SAY WHAT ABOUT AFTER THOSE

30 DAYS.

WHAT ABOUT AFTER 90 DAYS?

WHERE ARE WE SIX MONTHS FROM

NOW, A YEAR FROM NOW?

I THINK THAT'S THE PROBLEM.

WHERE DOES IT GO NOT JUST

AFTER 90 DAYS, BUT MUCH

LONGER THAN THAT.

Mark: DAVID BRODY,

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.

LATER ON IN "NEWSWATCH," WE

TAKE A LOOK AT WHO EXACTLY

IS FIGHTING IN SYRIA.

STICK AROUND FOR THAT.

THE BATTLE OVER GAY MARRIAGE

MADE ITS WAY TO A

PENNSYLVANIA STATE COURT

TODAY.

THAT AFTER A LAWSUIT AGAINST

A COUNTY CLERK FOR ISSUING

MARRIAGE LICENSES TO

SAME-SEX COUPLES.

D. BRUCE HAINES STARTED

DOING SO AFTER THE U.S.

SUPREME COURT DEEMED

PORTIONS OF THE DEFENSE OF

MARRIAGE ACT

UNCONSTITUTIONAL IN JULY.

HE HAS ISSUED MORE THAN 160

SINCE THEN.

NOW THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS

SUING.

THEY ARGUE HAINES CAN ONLY

GIVE LICENSES THAT MEET THE

STATE'S DEFINITION OF

MARRIAGE AS BETWEEN A MAN

AND A WOMAN.

ONE-THIRD OF AMERICAN

WORKERS SAY THEY HAVE SEEN

OR EXPERIENCED RELIGIOUS

DISCRIMINATION AT THEIR

WORKPLACE.

THAT'S ACCORDING TO A NEW

STUDY BY THE TANNENBAUM

CENTER FOR INTERRELIGIOUS

UNDERSTANDING.

THE CENTER ASKED MORE THAN

2,000 AMERICANS ABOUT

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AT WORK.

32% OF WHITE EVANGELICALS

SAY OTHERS LOOK DOWN ON THEM

BECAUSE OF THEIR BELIEFS.

31% OF NON-CHRISTIAN WORKERS

SAY THE SAME.

AND 60% OF ATHEISTS BELIEVE

THEIR BELIEFS ARE NOT

RESPECTED.

ALSO MORE THAN HALF OF THOSE

SURVEYED AGREE THAT MUSLIMS

SUFFER A LOT OF

DISCRIMINATION.

AND SIX OUT OF 10 WHITE

EVANGELICALS BELIEVE

DISCRIMINATION AGAINST

CHRISTIANS IS AS COMMON AS

DISCRIMINATION AGAINST OTHER

FAITHS.

CHRISTIAN BAKE CERG BAKERS

IN OREGON ARE SPEAKING OUT

FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE

CLOSING SHOP.

THE COUPLE CLOSED THEIR

BAKERY THIS WEEKEND AFTER

BACKLASH FOR REFUSING TO

CREATE A WEDDING CAKE FOR A

SAME-SEX COUPLE.

BUT AARON AND MELISSA ARE

DEFENDING THEIR FAITH AND

THEIR DECISION.

I DIDN'T WANT TO BE A

PART OF HER MARRIAGE, WHICH

I THINK IS WRONG.

I AM WHO I AM, AND I WANT

TO LIVE MY LIFE THE WAY I

LIVE MY LIFE.

I CHOOSE TO SERVE GOD.

IT IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS

YOU NEVER WANT TO SEE

SOMETHING YOU PUT SO MUCH

WORK INTO GO BELLY UP, BUT

ON THE OTHER HAND, I HAVE

FAITH IN THE LORD, AND HE

HAS TAKEN CARE OF US TO THIS

POINT AND I'M SURE HE WILL

IN THE FUTURE.

Mark: OVER THE PAST FEW

MONTHS, THE CLINES SAY THE

WEDDING PART OF THEIR

BUSINESS SUFFERED A LOSS.

THE CLEVELAND MAN CONVICTED

OF HOLDING THREE WOMEN

CAPTIVE IN HIS HOME FOR A

DECADE HAS COMMITTED

SUICIDE.

53-YEAR-OLD ARIEL CASTRO WAS

FOUND HANGED IN HIS JAIL

CELL.

IN AUGUST HE WAS SENTENCED

TO LIFE IN PRISON PLUS 1,000

YEARS.

THE FORMER BUS DRIVER

KIDNAPPED THREE WOMEN AND

IMPRISONED THEM, SOMETIMES

RESTRAINING THEM BY CHAINS.

HE PLEADED GUILTY TO 937

COUNTS, INCLUDING KIDNAPPING

AND RAPE.

OHIO CORRECTION OFFICIALS

SAY CASTRO WAS NOT UNDER

SUICIDE WATCH, AND WAS BEING

HELD IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY.

IT'S THE WORST MASS SHOOTING

ON A MILITARY BASE IN U.S.

HISTORY.

BUT VICTIMS OF THE FORT HOOD

MASSACRE SAY IT SHOULD BE

KNOWN AS THE WORST TERRORIST

ATTACK SINCE 9/11.

GEORGE THOMAS REPORTS.

George: ARMY MAJOR

NIDAL HASAN ADMITS TO

OPENING FIRE AT FORT HOOD

ARMY BASE AND KILLING 13

PEOPLE.

I WENT IN LINE TO SEE THE

DOCTOR, AND THEN WAS WHEN

THE SHOOTING HAPPENED.

George: HASAN SAYS IT

WAS ALL IN AN EFFORT TO STOP

U.S. SOLDIERS FROM GOING TO

AFGHANISTAN AND KILLING HIS

FELLOW MUSLIMS.

BUT THE ATTACK WAS TRIED AS

A CASE OF WORKPLACE VIOLENCE

AND NOT AS AN ACT OF

TERROR.

NOW 150 VICTIMS AND THEIR

FAMILIES ARE SUING THE U.S.

GOVERNMENT.

THEY SAY THE DESIGNATION OF

WORKPLACE VIOLENCE ROBBED

THEM OF LONG-TERM BENEFITS,

AND MADE THEM INELIGIBLE TO

RECEIVE THE PURPLE HEART, AN

AWARD GIVEN TO THOSE WOUNDED

OR KILLED IN COMBAT.

I HAVE TO THINK ABOUT MY

CHILDREN, MY WIFE, AND WHERE

I'M GOING TO BE IN 30

YEARS.

WHETHER I'M GOING TO BE ABLE

TO WORK.

WHETHER I'M GOING TO BE ABLE

TO WALK.

I HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THESE

THINGS.

Reporter: SENATOR SUSAN

COLLINS PLANS TO INTRODUCE A

BILL NEXT WEEK THAT WOULD

ENSURE THE FAMILIES GET THE

COMPENSATION THEY DESERVE.

FOR ADMINISTRATION TO

INSIST IN TREATING THIS AS

IF IT WERE AN ACT OF

WORKPLACE VIOLENCE IS AN

ABSOLUTE OUTRAGE, AND

DISRESPECTFUL TO THE MANY

VICTIMS.

George: MILITARY

EXPERTS SAY THE GOVERNMENT

REALLY HAS NO OPTION BUT TO

TRY THE CASE AS WORKPLACE

VIOLENCE.

THE CRIME HAPPENED ON A

MILITARY BASE, SO IT HAD TO

FACE A COURT-MARTIAL.

IT WOULD HAVE HAD TO HAVE

BEEN TRANSFERRED TO CIVIL

COURTS FOR A TERROR COUNT TO

BE POSSIBLE.

THEY HAVE SENT A LETTER TO

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND CHUCK

HAGEL DEMANDING THEY

RECOGNIZE THE ATTACK ON FORT

HOOD FOR WHAT IT TRULY WAS,

CALLING IT, QUOTE,"AN ACTUAL

BATTLE FIELD IN THE ONGOING

WAR IN AL-QAEDA."

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS.

Mark: COMING UP, WHO

ARE THE REBELS FIGHTING IN

SYRIA?

WE'LL BREAK IT DOWN WHEN WE

GET BACK.

Mark: REBEL FIGHTERS

HAVE BEEN BATTLING THE ASSAD

REGIME IN SYRIA FOR YEARS.

WHILE MANY SAY THE REBELS

ARE MODERATES, OTHERS WORRY

THE FIGHTERS ARE

EXTREMISTS.

OUR MIDDLE EAST BUREAU CHIEF

CHRIS MITCHELL JUST TALKED

WITH ONE EXPERT TO SEE WHO

MAKES UP THESE REBEL

GROUPS.

Reporter: THE SITUATION

IN SYRIA IS VERY VITAL FOR

US TO UNDERSTAND.

WE'RE JOINED BY JONATHAN

SPIRE, AN ANALYST WITH THE

IDC, AND YOU'VE BEEN TO

SYRIA SEVERAL TIMES.

THAT'S RIGHT.

Reporter: ONE ARE THE

MOST SERIOUS QUESTIONS IS

WHO ARE THE REBELS.

THERE WAS A HUGE HEARING FOR

THE SENATOR FOREIGN

RELATIONS HEARING.

AND SECRETARY KERRY SAID THE

REBELS ARE GETTING MORE

MODERATE.

THERE ARE REALLY THREE

IMPORTANT REBEL BLOCKS.

THE FIRST AND SMALLEST IS

THAT OF THE al-QAEDA

ASSOCIATED REBELS, AND

ISLAMICS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA.

ACCOUNTING FOR, WE THINK,

ROUGHLY 6,000, 7,000, 8,000

FIGHTERS.

THIS IS A BRANCH OF

AL-QAEDA.

THESE ARE PEOPLE TAKING

LETTERS AND INSTRUCTION FROM

IMAN AL-ZAWATTI.

AND THE SECOND IS A GROUP OF

PEOPLE COMMITTED TO AS

ISLAMIC STATE, NOT A

DEMOCRATIC STATE.

AND THEN THERE IS STILL A

LARGER GROUP, CALLED THE

SYRIAN ISLAMIC LIBERATION

FRONT.

THEY'RE DESCRIBED AS THE

MODERATES.

THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO I

THINK SECRETARY KERRY AND

THOSE AROUND HIM ARE TALKING

ABOUT WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT

MODERATES.

I SPENT SOME TIME WITH ONE

OF THE BRIGADES IN ALEPPO

CITY, AND I WOULD NOT

DESCRIBE THEM AS MODERATE.

I WOULD SAY THAT ARE FROM A

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD-TYPE

OUTLOOK.

IT IS THAT KIND OF

POLITICS.

FROM HAMAS AROUND HERE, OR

FROM MUSLI AND THE

BROTHERHOOD DOWN IN EGYPT.

IT IS THAT KIND OF

POLITICS.

I WOULD QUESTION VERY MUCH

THE DESCRIPTION WE'RE

HEARING IN THE MEDIA AS

THOSE PEOPLE AS MODERATES.

THEY'RE ISLAMISTS.

NOT al-QAEDA, BUT

ISLAMISTS.

Reporter: WOULD THEY

EVENTUALLY TAKE OVER THE

ASSAD REGIME, WHAT KIND OF

STATE WOULD THEY SET UP?

IF WE THINK OF THE

EXAMPLES WE HAVE, OR THE

YEAR THAT JUST ENDED IN

EGYPT, THE YEAR-LONG

EXPERIMENT DOWN IN EGYPT,

THOSE ARE THE KIND OF

EXAMPLES WE SHOULD BE

LOOKING AT TO LEARN WHAT IT

WOULD BE LIKE IF THE SYRIAN

ISLAMIC LIBERATION FRONT

TOOK OVER SYRIA.

BECAUSE WE DON'T NEED TO

SPECULATE.

WE HAVE CONCRETE EXAMPLES OF

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD RULES.

Reporter: JONATHAN,

THAT IS VERY REVEALING AND

VERY IMPORTANT, AS THE

UNITED STATES MAKES THIS

HUGE DECISION ON WHAT TO DO

IN SYRIA.

THANK YOU.

THANKS, CHRIS.

Mark: TO SEE MORE OF

THAT INTERVIEW, YOU CAN

WATCH FRIDAY'S EDITION OF

JERUSALEM DATE LINE.

YOU CAN FIND A LINK AT OUR

SITE, CBN.COM.

UP NEXT, WE'LL RING IN THE

JEWISH NEW YEAR.

THE HOLIDAY KNOWN AS THE

BIRTHDAY OF THE WORLD.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

THIS WEEK JEWISH PEOPLE IN

ISRAEL AND AROUND THE

WORLD-WID WORLD WILL BE

CELEBRATING ROSH HASHANAH,

THE JEWISH NEW YEAR.

GORDON ROBERTSON BRINGS US

THE STORY ON THE

SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS JEWISH

HOLIDAY AND WHAT MEANING IT

HOLDS FOR CHRISTIANS.

*

Gordon: ROSH HASHANAH,

THE START OF THE JEWISH NEW

YEAR.

ANCIENT RABBIS CALLED IT THE

BIRTHDAY OF THE WORLD.

JEWISH TRADITION SAYS IT IS

THE DAY THAT GOD CREATED

MAN.

THE BIBLE CALLS IT THE FEAST

OF TRUMPETS, OR YAM TIRAWA.

IF I WENT HOME TO MY

JEWISH FAMILY AND SAID, HEY,

IT IS YOM TIRAWA, IT IS

CALLED TODAY ROSH HASHANAH,

WHICH MEANS HEAD OF THE

YEAR.

IT SOMEHOW BECAME THE JEWISH

NEW YEAR.

Gordon: THE FEAST OF

TRUMPETS BECAME THE JEWISH

NEW YEAR.

WHEN THE ISRAELITES WERE

EXILED IN BABYLON.

IN BABYLON, THE BEGINNING

OF THE NEW YEAR WAS IN

SEPTEMBER.

THEY ALSO HAD A LUNAR

CALENDAR, LIKE THE JEWISH

PEOPLE, AND SO THE FIRST DAY

OF THE SEVENTH MONTH WAS THE

BABYLONIAN NEW YEAR.

OVER TIME, THE JEWISH PEOPLE

TOOK THE BABYLONIAN NEW YEAR

AND MADE IT OUR NEW YEAR.

Gordon: AND WITH THE

NEW YEAR COMES THE HOLIDAY.

WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT

JEWISH TRADITIONS, YOU

ALWAYS TALK ABOUT FOOD.

THEY TRIED TO KILL US, AND

GOD RESCUED US, LET'S EAT.

Gordon: PEOPLE EAT

POMEGRANATES AND PRAY THEIR

GOOD DEEDS WILL BE

MULTIPLIED BY THE SEEDS.

AND APPLES DIPPED IN HONEY

SYMBOLIZES THE DESIRE FOR A

SWEET NEW YEAR.

ANOTHER TRADITION IN

CERTAIN CIRCLES OF JUDAISM

IS TO EAT A FISH HEAD ON

ROSH HASHANAH.

A FISH HEAD SYMBOLIZES THE

HEAD OF THE NEW YEAR.

Gordon: THE HEBREW

GREETING IS SHANA TOBBRA, IT

IS A SHORTER VERSION OF THE

TRADITIONAL BLESSING.

MAY YOU BE INSCRIBED AND

SEALED IN THE BOOK OF LIFE

FOR A GOOD NEW YEAR.

ON THE DAY OF ROSH

HASHANAH, ACCORDING TO

JEWISH TRADITION, GOD HAS

BOOKS.

AND IN THESE BOOKS, HE

DECIDES WHO HAS BEEN NAUGHTY

OR NICE, AND WHO IS GOING TO

HAVE A GOOD YEAR, AND WHO IS

GOING TO LIVE AND WHO IS

GOING TO DIE.

AND SO WHEN JEWISH PEOPLE

CELEBRATE ROSH HASHANAH,

THEY, AS A BLESSING, THEY

SAY, MAY YOU BE INSCRIBED

FOR A GOOD YEAR.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU.

MAY THIS GO IN YOUR FAVOR.

Gordon: ROSH HASHANAH

BEGINS THE 10-DAY PERIOD

KNOWN AS THE DAYS OF AWE.

THE 10 DAYS OF AWE START

ON ROSH HASHANAH AND END ON

YOM KIPPUR.

DURING THOSE 10 DAYS OF AWE,

IT IS BELIEVED THAT YOU CAN

CHANGE YOUR STATUS BEFORE

GOD.

AND SO DURING THOSE 10 DAYS

OF AWE, IT IS EMPHASIZED TO

PRAY, TO GIVE, WHICH IS

SADAKA, TO DO GOOD WORKS,

AND TO REPENT, CHUVA.

NOW, THE GOOD NEWS FOR US

WHO BELIEVE IN THE MESSIAH,

OUR STATUS IS THE PERMANENT

INK OF THE BLOOD OF USHUA.

THE DAY WE COME TO USHUA,

OUR NAME IS PUT IN THE BOOK

OF LIFE FOREVER.

Gordon: MANY JEWS

OBSERVE A CEREMONY CALLED

TASLIK, WHICH MEANS CASTING

OFF IN HEBREW.

IT IS A SYMBOLIC WAY TO CAST

OFF THE SINS OF THE PREVIOUS

YEAR.

THE BOOK OF MICAH SPEAKS

OF THE TIME WHEN GOD WOULD

CAST THE SINS OF THE JEWISH

PEOPLE INTO THE SEA.

SO THE JEWISH PEOPLE,

TRADITIONALLY ON THE FIRST

DAY OF ROSH HASHANAH, WILL

TAKE SOME BREAD AND THEY

WILL GO TO A BODY OF WATER

AND THEY WILL THROW THE

BREAD INTO THE WATER AS A

SIGN OF GOD TAKING THEIR SIN

AND CASTING IT INTO THE

SEA.

Gordon: THE BEST KNOWN

TRADITION IS THE BLOWING OF

THE RAM'S HORN, THE SHOFAR.

*

Gordon: TWICE THE BIBLE

TALKS ABOUT A SHOFAR SOUNDED

BY GOD HIMSELF.

THE FIRST TIME WAS ON MT.

SINAI, AS THE ISRAELITES

PREPARED TO ENTER THEIR

COVENANT WITH GOD.

THE SECOND TIME WILL BE AT

THE RETURN OF THE MESSIAH.

I BELIEVE THAT WAS GOD'S

ORIGINAL INTENT WHEN HE GAVE

THIS SPECIAL TIME TO MOSES.

A TIME OF BLOWING TRUMPETS,

TO LOOK TO THE FINAL TRUMPET

THAT WILL BE SOUNDED WHEN

USHUA APPEARS IN THE SKY.

Gordon: AND THIS JEWISH

HOLIDAY CAN ALSO BE A

CELEBRATION FOR CHRISTIANS.

THE QUESTION IS: HOW CAN

CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE ALONG

WITH THE JEWISH PEOPLE, ROSH

HASHANAH.

FIRST OF ALL, THEY CAN FAST

AND PRAY, AND DURING THESE

10 DAYS OF AWE CAN BE A TIME

OF BELIEVING GOD FOR REVIVAL

WITHIN ISRAEL, WITHIN THE

JEWISH WORLD.

IT CAN BE A TIME OF

INTERCESSION FOR THE JEWISH

PEOPLE TO KNOW THEIR

MESSIAH.

I THINK ALSO A GREAT WAY TO

CELEBRATE THIS HOLIDAY IS TO

LOOK TO THE COMING OF

USHUA.

I THINK IT IS A TIME FOR

CHRISTIANS AND JEWS TO LOOK

TO HEAVEN AND SAY, COME,

USHUA, COME.

WE LONG FOR YOUR RETURNING.

Mark: UP NEXT, HE JUST

STARTED FOURTH GRADE AND IS

ABOUT TO PUBLISH HIS SECOND

BOOK.

MEET THIS BRIGHT 9-YEAR-OLD

WHEN WE COME BACK.

.

Mark: HE IS NOT EVEN

FINISHED WITH ELEMENTARY

SCHOOL, BUT ONE 9-YEAR-OLD

IS ALREADY ACCOMPLISHING

SOME OF HIS BIGGEST LIFE

GOALS.

COLIN NOTTON IS ABOUT TO

RELEASE HIS SECOND BOOK.

IT IS CALLED "NOT SO SPOOKY

BEDTIME."

HE SAYS HE WRITES ABOUT

OVERCOMING HIS OWN FEARS AND

HE HOPES THE BOOKS WILL HELP

OTHER KIDS GOING THROUGH

SIMILAR SITUATIONS.

YOU'RE NOT SO SPOOKY.

YOU'RE NOT SO SPOOKY.

OVER AND OVER, AS HE WALKS

CLOSER AND CLOSER.

THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE

BOUGHT THE BOOKS SAID TO ME,

THIS IS GREAT.

MY 6-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER LOVES

IT.

AND SHE CAN RELATE TO IT.

THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND THEN THEY'LL ASK ME IF I

CAN HAVE COLIN SIGN IT.

HIS FIRST BOOK, "NOT SO

SPOOKY HALLOWEEN" NEARLY

SOLD OUT ON LINE.

THE TWO STORIES ARE PART OF

A FIVE-BOOK SERIES HE IS

WRITING.

WHAT AN AMBITIOUS

9-YEAR-OLD.

GOOD FOR HIM.

THAT'S ALL FOR THIS EDITION

OF "NEWSWATCH."

REMEMBER YOU CAN E-MAIL US

YOUR COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS

AT NEWSWATCH@CBN.COM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM

YOU.

HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US NEXT

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