Marking the New Year

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Rosh Hashana (New Year) greeting card that Rabbi Meir Moshe Kasorla from Stip, Yugoslavia (today northern Macedonia) sent to his cousin Yaakov Kalderon, before the war

"Like a delicate rose amongst the thorns
So are the Jewish people amongst the nations
Even their most praiseworthy deeds
Are the source of much resentment"

Rabbi Meir Moshe Kasorla wrote these words in a Rosh Hashana (New Year) greeting card to his cousin Yaakov.

Meir Moshe Kasorla was born in 1912 in Monastir (Bitola), and was in the first graduating class of the Jewish Theological Seminary in Sarajevo. He served as a rabbi and halacha teacher  in Monastir.  In 1936, he moved to Stip, where he held similar positions.  Rabbi Kasorla was married and had two children. 
In a letter that he wrote to his cousin in November 1938, and which is now preserved in the Yad Vashem Archives, he writes about the situation of the Jews in Yugoslavia , and about his plans to immigrate to Eretz Israel (Mandatory Palestine).   He never reached the shores of Eretz Israel, but was murdered together with the Jews of Stip in Treblinka in 1943.

Yad Vashem Archives O.75/385