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Haile Selassie the First – New Year – September 11, 1965 Tags: Selected Speeches His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie First Important Utterances Emperor of Ethiopia modern Ethiopianism Dr. Minasse Haile LOJS

Selected Speeches

Selected Speeches of Haile Selassie IChapter VII


Address At The New Year
Sep. 11, 1965

As we contemplate the Ethiopian New Year, 1958, We cannot avoid
thanking the Almighty for His innumerable blessings bestowed upon Us
and the Ethiopian people in the year that has just passed.  Nor can We
escape thinking of the problems faced and overcome, those existing at
present and those anticipated in man's unending march forward in the
search for peace, progress, and prosperity.

Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people have passed another year in their
successful striving for a better life, and an inventory of the past year
makes Us confident of continuing achievements in this New Year and the
years ahead.  This is so because the foundations that we have laid and that
we continue to lay as we travel the high road of progress assure the
stability and resilience of a superstructure that under modern Ethiopianism
We are committed to build.  The splendid co-operation and collaboration
among our people and their steadfast striving for education and
enlightenment bring to mind those proverbial busy workers -- the bees --
which combine their efforts and work for the common good.

The task of nation-building is one that involves generations -- the duty of
each succeeding to consolidate the gains made by its predecessor.  The
Ethiopian people have demonstrated this awareness, so that in the manifold
areas of the nation's life, with their eyes fixed on the future, they continue
to conquer new frontiers year after year.  Our people shall never lack the
solicitude and guidance which We pledged form the day We assumed
leadership and the sustaining of which history has thus far eloquently
vindicated.  The desire and eagerness of our people to work together and
their keen interest to improve the general welfare of the nation have been a
great source of satisfaction to Us.  Much has been accomplished, but
more remains to be achieved.

In her international dealings Ethiopia has adhered to the guiding principles
of non-alignment, friendship, mutual respect and non-interference in the
interal affairs of other states.  These general principles which Ethiopia
follows in accord with other states, embrace her relations with all nations
near and far.  In Africa, under the umbrella of a continental family,
Ethiopia has scrupulously followed these principles -- the basis of good
neighbourly relations.

Ethiopia covets not the territory or possession of others, conversely, she
stands ready always to defend her sovereign right against the malicious
designs of others.

For Ethiopia, however, peace is priceless; it has become traditional; this
had been so in the years past, in 1957, and will be so in this New Year,
1958.  The role of Ethiopia in the United Nations, in the Organization of
African Unity and in the Afro-Asian Conference is founded on the open
avowal that peace is the keynote to progress, prosperity and even human
survival.  Unless the desire for peace is expressed in terms of concrete and
serenity to humanity, mere pious hope constitutes only self-delusion.

Thus our minds turn to the Twentieth Session of the United Nations
General Assembly to convene within the next ten days; to the Afro-Asian
Conference in Algiers and the African Summit Assembly of the OAU to be
held in Accra.

Ethiopia recently proposed that all Heads of State and Government should
personally attend the forthcoming session of the United Nations General
Assembly to exert their collective influence in finding ways and means to
restore peace in the trouble spots of the world.  The participation of Heads
of State and Government at the United Nations Assembly would help
maintain international peace and security.

Ethiopia intends to play here full part in the forthcoming international
conclaves.  Her principle and over-riding desire is to help strengthen the
forces of peace and human progress.  She has never flinched nor will
ever flinch from her responsibility as an active member of the international
community.  In greater measure, Ethiopia will continue to support the
campaign to end colonialism and will continue to do so until all dependent
territories in Africa and elsewhere breathe the clean air of freedom and

The former colonial territories, which have now attained independence and
freedom, are today beset by the residues of colonialism.  Even if those
former colonial territories had benefited in some respects from the colonial
administration, these states have inherited people divided unto themselves
-- the result of the divide-and-rule policies of the colonial era.  This has
become a cancerous disease which is spreading fast with the effect of not
only pitting brother against brother but also endangering international peace
and security.  These are some of the reasons which have prompted Us to
propose forthcoming session of the United Nations General Assembly to
work out concrete proposals for the eradication of this evil colonial
heritage, thriving under different guises.

For the New Year, it is Our wish that the Ethiopian people continue to
march forward; that peace will be restored in areas that are disturbed by
conflict; and that the Almighty will continue to bless all efforts in creating
a better life for Our people and all the peoples in the world.

Selected Speeches of Haile Selassie I              

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The most revealing way to begin to understand who or what Ras Tafari is, is to read and study the Selected Speeches of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie First. These speeches portray the breadth of the Emperor's vision. They detail the persistence, the determination and the unflagging drive with which he pursued the application of “modern Ethiopianism,” His spirit, His child. Sadly, modern and past 20th history and historians have all failed to fully testify to the Truth that His Majesty represented as the ‘Man of the Millennium.’ The Emperor's idealism, coupled with his insistence on transforming his country, both on the domestic and international fronts, his courage in the face of adversity, his unchallenged perspicacity, his keen sense in evaluating world events, his unfailing respect for principles, and his abiding faith in humanity should make this volume a ready-reference on the history of modern Ethiopia. – the Imperial Ethiopian government, 1967.

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Yom Kippur | יום כיפור | "Day of Atonement"

Yom Kippur Torah Readings:





Brit Chadashah

Sept.  29, 2017
Tishri 9-10

Kol Nidrei

Kol Nidrei Recitation [before sundown on Tishri 9]


After sundown (Tishri 10); half-Kaddish; the Shema; the Amidah; Confession (al chet); Selichot and Piyyutim (poems)

Sept.  30, 2017
Tishri 10


Lev. 16:1-34
Num. 29:7-11

Isa. 57:14-58:14

Rom. 3:21-26;
2 Cor. 5:10-21


Memorial service for departed family members


The [musaf] Amidah; retelling of the Yom Kippur service at the Temple; the priestly blessing (birkat kohanim)


Lev. 18:1-30

Jonah 1:1-4:11;
Micah 7:18-20



Thought to symbolize the "closing and sealing" of the Book of Life, when the "great shofar" is sounded.

Portion Commentary

Holiest Day of the Year

Thought for the Week:

According to the writer of the book of Hebrews, Messiah has become our High Priest. He entered into the Holy of Holies in heaven,��the actual throne room of God,��and applied His own blood for atonement. He entered into the presence of God for us so that He might usher us in as well (Hebrews 9:11,��12). Messiah is our High Priest, ,��a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the LORD pitched, not man,�� (Hebrews 8:2). Therein He applied His atoning blood. Therefore, the ceremony of the Day of Atonement uniquely patterns the work of Messiah: His death, His sacrifice and the atonement of His blood. We boldly enter the presence of God because the blood of Messiah covers us. Today He stands interceding on our behalf before the throne of God, just like a high priest.


The LORD said to Moses, ,��Tell your brother Aaron that he shall not enter at any time into the holy place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, or he will die; for I will appear in the cloud over the mercy seat.,�� (Leviticus 16:2)

After the deaths of the two sons of Aaron, the LORD warned Aaron not to enter the Holy of Holies but once a year. On that day, Aaron alone (or the high priest after him) was to enter in order to make atonement for Israel, the holy place and the altar. The day on which the high priest entered the Holy of Holies was called the Day of Atonement. Even then, Aaron was to enter only with blood and under the cloud of incense. Leviticus 16, the Torah reading for the Day of Atonement, describes the Tabernacle/Temple ceremony of the Day of Atonement: the two goats,��the sin offering and the scapegoat,��the incense, the sprinkling with blood and the high priest,��s entrance into the Holy of Holies. In Leviticus 16 we read about the intersection of three spheres of holiness. On the holiest day of the year (the Day of Atonement), the holiest man in the world (the high priest of Israel) goes into the holiest place in the world (the Holy of Holies). The high priest had to enter in order to make atonement for Israel, atonement for the Holy of Holies, atonement for the Tabernacle and atonement for the altar. Because these things remained continually in the presence of God, they needed to be atoned for. Without atonement they could not remain in the presence of God.

The Day of Atonement is the holiest day of the year. All of God,��s appointed times are holy to the LORD, but the Day of Atonement is the holiest of all. It is set apart even from the other holy days.

All other Sabbaths and holidays are times of feasting and celebration. However, on the Day of Atonement, everyone is commanded to afflict himself through fasting and abstinence. The LORD says, ,��If there is any person who will not afflict his soul on this same day, he shall be cut off from his people,�� (Leviticus 23:29).

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