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Wednesday Wisdom & Wit

09/20/2023 12:48:27 PM


Rabbi Daniel Sherman


It was wonderful seeing so many people here at Temple for Rosh HaShanah. The warm feelings of holiness and community surrounded us. It was a pleasure to welcome in the New Year 5784 altogether.

Now these Ten Days of Repentance continue as we work our way towards Yom Kippur. Hopefully we are challenging ourselves to reflect, to repent, and to prepare for an even better New Year. Remember: the more we put into our High Holy Day preparations and observances, the more we will get out of them.

To help us with our process of Teshuvah, we welcome Shabbat Shuvah this week – the Sabbath of Return, or the Sabbath of Repentance. We will continue with the themes and music of the High Holy Days on this special Shabbat. Then we will return to Temple once again for Yom Kippur – our holiest day of the year, the Day of Atonement. We will gather for our Evening Service on Sunday at 7:30pm to hear Kol Nidrei and to join together in prayer and seeking forgiveness. Services continue all day on Monday, Sept. 25 with our Morning Service beginning at 10:00am. Afterwards, we will have a Study Session for those who wish to remain at Temple. Our Family Service will take place at 2:00pm in the Sanctuary. The Afternoon Service begins at 3:00pm and will include the reading of the Book of Jonah. From there we will continue with our Yizkor Memorial Service, beginning at approximately 4:30pm, followed immediately by our Neilah Concluding Service. Afterwards all are invited to join in our Congregational Break-the-Fast.

I hope you have made your reservations for Yom Kippur services, and we look forward to being all together once again at Temple Sinai. For those who cannot be here in person, we hope that you will join us on the livestream or on Zoom.

On Rosh HaShanah, we wished each other: “L’SHANAH TOVAH TIKATEIVU – May you be inscribed for a good New Year in the Book of Life.” On Yom Kippur, we say: “L’SHANAH TOVAH TEIKATEIMU – May you be sealed in the Book of Life for a good New Year.” Or more simply: “G’MAR CHATIMAH TOVAH – May you complete this day with a seal for good in the Book of Life.”

Wishing you a good and healthy New Year filled with peace and blessing!

Fri, June 21 2024 15 Sivan 5784