Monthly Archives: September 2015

Sukkot 5776

The celebration of the mo’ed of Sukkot began on Sunday evening, September 27th. This is a period of rejoicing in the LORD’s provision and care, symbolized by “dwelling in booths” as a memorial of His care for Bnei Israel in … Continue reading

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Haftarah Ha’azinu

As we come to the end of the reading cycle, Ha’azinu[i] records the so named “Song of Moses” that ADONAI commanded Moses to write and leave with the children of Israel as a warning not to stray from the mitzvoth … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur 5776

Yom Kippur begins Tuesday evening and continues until sunset Wednesday evening. This culminates a period of reflection and introspection that motivated Jews around the world to seek to make amends and restitutions with their fellow Jews and their fellow man, … Continue reading

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Haftarah Vayelech / Shabbat Shuvah

This week is Shabbat Shuvah[i], the Shabbat before Yom Kippur, and it is fitting that the Haftarah begins with prophet’s plea in Hosea 14:2-3 שׁוּבָה יִשְֹרָאֵל עַד יי אֱלֹהֶיךָ כִּ כָשַׁלְתָּ בַּעֲוֹנֶךָ: קְחוּ עִמָּכֶם דְּבָרִים וְשׁוּבוּ אֶל יי אֵלָיו כָּל … Continue reading

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Another thought on Shabbat

Here is an avenue to travel as we enter the Sabbath. I was looking for a quotation on traveling and as is the case when surfing the web, I got sidetracked from my original journey. The key word initially was … Continue reading

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Haftarah – Nitzavim

At first read, some verses in this week’s Haftarah (Isaiah 61:10 – 63:9) are just so marvelous that they should be read without comment: I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for He has … Continue reading

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Selichot – Elul, 5775 – Tishrei, 5776

In our tradition, Selichot prayers (penitential prayers for forgiveness) began Motzei Shabbat, September 5, and will continue through Erev Rosh Hashanah (next Sunday evening, September 13). Then begin again on the Fast of Gedaliah (September 16) culminating on Erev Yom … Continue reading

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