Hours before the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, journalist Danny Fenster had another meaningless "hearing" in Myanmar to determine his fate as a prisoner. He was remanded back to prison, with the next hearing date set for Sept. 20.
After getting another dose of disappointing news about the hearing, Bryan Fenster of Huntington Woods posted this Monday morning on Facebook about his younger brother and the Jewish holiday, which begins at sundown:
Day 106. Rosh Hashanah. As we enter into the High Holy Days tonight, this window of time takes on new significance for my family.
A wish for a sweet new year ahead, while also acknowledging our suffering and wrongdoings in the days leading up to Yom Kippur. This dance between the sweetness of togetherness and the suffering of separation is something my family knows all too well this year, but it is not unlike what so many of us are facing in one form or another around the world. For us it’s another tightening of the vise as another virtual hearing has come and gone and he was once again remanded. September 20th is the next hearing.
In Danny’s absence, we have a deep void. But our hearts are full knowing our family is together in spirit, and ultimately, it is this notion which our faith teaches us endures all. While nothing can take away what lives on within us, we look forward to a New Year with Danny and Juliana (his wife) by our sides. L’shanah Tova.
Fenster, 37, is managing editor of Frontier Myanmar, a magazine and online news publication published in English and Burmese.
The military snatched Fenster at the airport May 24 as he was about to board a plane to visit his family in Metroi Detroit. He has yet to be formally charged.