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Wednesday Wisdom & Wit

09/21/2022 01:54:55 PM

Sep21

Rabbi Daniel Sherman

            Happy beginning of Fall!  (I figured I would begin with that reminder since our highs are in the mid-90’s this week.). A new season is here along with our Holy Day Season, as well.  This will be my last message of the year.
            We are so excited to welcome everyone back home to Temple Sinai for Rosh HaShanah this year.  So here are just a few reminders.

            Rosh HaShanah begins this Sunday evening, September 25.  Our Evening Service will begin at 7:00pm as we kick off the High Holy Days and announce the beginning of the New Year 5783.  We are looking forward to everything about Rosh HaShanah: the beautiful and moving music led by Cantor Colman along with our amazing High Holy Day 12-voice choir directed by Dr. Marcus St. Julien (our first time to have the choir join us since 2019); the prayers and liturgy that help to inspire reflection, repentance, and renewal; the feeling of community as we gather altogether in our House of Assembly; the spirit of holiness that pervades this time of year; and, of course, the apples and honey, as well.  Following the evening service, we will gather in the Goldring Pavilion auditorium for a “Sweet New Year Reception” and to wish each a “Shanah Tovah.”

            Our Rosh HaShanah observances continue on Monday, beginning with our Temple Toddlers Rosh HaShanah Experience at 9:00am in the chapel.  Our Morning Service will begin at 10:00AM with more wonderful music, as well as the reading of Torah and the sounding of the Shofar.  Following the conclusion of the service, all are invited to our Rosh HaShanah luncheon in the auditorium.

            In the afternoon, we will continue with our Rosh HaShanah Family Service at 2:00pPM.  This service is aimed at our Chavurah@Sinai Students, grades 1-5 and their families.  All are welcome to join us in the sanctuary.  After the service, at 3:00PM we will gather outside and walk to Audubon Park to participate in the ritual of Tashlich, as we attempt to rid ourselves of sin while standing by living waters.

            We look forward to seeing you at Temple this year for Rosh HaShanah.  Please remember to make a reservation for all of our High Holy Day services and receptions.  For security reasons, we will be checking everyone in at the door.  All are welcome.  We also want to remind everyone that for those who are out-of-town or who are unable to join us in person, all of our services will also be available online through Zoom and livestreamed on our Temple Sinai website.

I conclude with this wish and prayer:

Our God and God of our ancestors,
Eternal God of all generations:
May Your Presence in our lives this New Year
Renew our spirits and renew our strength.
May it be a good year.
May it be a sweet year!

L’shanah Tovah Tikateivu,
Rabbi Daniel Sherman

Sun, September 25 2022 29 Elul 5782