ROSH HASHANAH is the Jewish New Year marking the anniversary of the creation of the world. Rosh Hashanah is also called the Day of Judgment.
God is said to inscribe the fate of every person for the upcoming year in the Book of Life. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Ten Days of Awe,
during which time Jews seek forgiveness for their transgressions.
TESHUVAH – The Hebrew word for “sin” is “chet,” derived from an old archery term used when an archer “misses the mark.” Teshuva is the process by which Jews atone throughout the Ten Days of Awe.
MITZVAH OF THE SHOFAR – The essential mitzvah (commandment) of Rosh Hashanah is to hear the sounding of the shofar.
APPLES AND HONEY- There is many Rosh Hashanah food customs but the most common is the dipping of apples into honey to signify our wishes for a sweet new year. A special round loaf
of challah symbolizes the cycle of time.
“L’SHANA TOVAH” -The traditional Rosh Hashanah greeting appropriate for Jewish friends on Rosh Hashanah is “L’Shana Tovah” or simply “Shana Tovah” which loosely translates as “Happy New Year or “L’Shana Tovah u’Metukah,” wishing someone a “good and sweet year.”
TASHLICH – On Rosh Hashanah, many Jews may follow a custom called Tashlich (“casting off”) symbolically cast off their sins into the water by throwing pieces of bread into the stream.
YOM KIPPUR – DAY OF ATONEMENT was instituted long ago Leviticus 23: And the Eternal spoke unto Moses, saying: “Howbeit on the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atone- ment; there shall be a holy convocation unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls; and ye shall bring an offering made by fire unto the Eternal. ……to make atonement for you before the Eternal your God.” It is our last chance to change God’s judgment of one’s deeds in the previous year who de- cides our fate in the coming year. In the Bible, Yom Kippur is called Shabbat Shabbaton, “Sabbath of Sabbaths. “Abstention from work and solemnity characterize the Sabbath as most complete.
In the days of the Temple in Jerusalem, the high priest conducted an elaborate sacrificial ceremony on Yom Kippur. Clothed in white linen, he successively confessed his own sins, the sins of priest, and the sins of the people, and then entered the Holy of Holies in the Temple to sprinkle the blood of the sacrifice and offer incense. The priest then sent a goat (the “scapegoat”) into the wilderness, where it was driven to its death, to symbolically carry away the sins of Israel.
OBSERVANCES OF YOM KIPPUR – On the eve of Yom Kippur, the Kol Nidre is recited. The Kol Nidre (“all vows”) annuls all vows made throughout the year. But the Kol Nidre actually refers only to vows made between oneself and God, and especially frivolous vows made to God or those made under duress. Even so, obligations towards other people must be upheld. God will for- give sins one commits, but if one has wronged another person, he must seek forgiveness from that person and try to make it right. The Mishna teaches, “Yom Kippur does not atone until one appeases his neighbors.” In the Yom Kippur synagogue service the confession is recited in the first person plural to emphasize communal responsibility for sins. The concluding service N’ilah is the last chances to get in a “good word” before God’s judgment are sealed. At nightfall, the Yom Kippur service concludes with one last long blast on the shofar.
HAPPIEST TIME OF THE YEAR – There were no days as happy for the Jewish people as the 15th of Av [when marriages were arranged] and Yom Kippur. It brings about reconciliation with God and other people. Thus, if they have observed it properly, many people feel a deep sense of serenity by the end of the fast.
Selichot Movie: Saturday, September 23 at 7 pm “Nowhere in Africa
Erev Rosh Hashanah: Wednesday, September 20, Service at 7:30 pm with ONEG to follow
Rosh Hashanah Day 1: Thursday, September 21, Service at 9:30 am Children’s Service with ONEG at 4:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah Day 2: Friday, September 22, Service at 9:30 am Shabbat Shuva: Saturday, September 23, Service at 9:30 am Memorial Service: Sunday, September 24 at 12:30 pm at
Kol Nidre: Friday, September 29, Service at 7:30 pm
Yom Kippur: Saturday, September 30, Service at 9:30 am; afternoon service at 4:00 with Yizkor & Neilah to follow. Break-the-fast: 7 pm. Please RSVP.
Sukkot Setup: Sunday, October 1
Decorate the Sukkah Pizza Party: Wednesday, October 4 during Hebrew School.
Yizkor Service: Thursday, October 12 at 6:00 pm
Simchat Torah: Friday, October 13, Consecration dinner at 6:00 pm
When Sunday, August 27 at 10:00 am Rain or Shine
Where: Trail Behind Drayton Lofts on Drayton Road
Fee: $ 15/Person
$ 50/Family of 4 or more
Includes t-shirt, drink & snack
RSVP: Cheryl August 828-894-0413
Registration open until day of event. Register by August 12 to receive t-shirt
Come support Sisterhood and the Temple while having a good time. If you cannot participate, donations
welcome to help offset costs.
8/10 Mary Helen & Gerald Smith
8/15 Alane & Rex Russell
8/16 Monika & Andras Koser
8/16 Ina & Mike Minsky
8/19 Carter & Louis Smith
8/20 Barbara & Jay Sinsley
8/22 Lori & Rob Axelrod
8/25 Lianne & David Wood
8/29 Louise & Steve Garrell
8/31 Arden Levy & Mark Lurey
8/2 Joyce Berger
8/2 Ruben Falcon
8/4 Arleen Siegel
8/4 Carter Smith
8/6 Joan Barnet
8/6 Lynn Stauber
8/9 Mary Freedman
8/9 Jay Sinsley
8/11 Sandy Smiley
8/17 Haley Sinsley
8/17 Ben Stauber
8/19 Lisa Schoer
8/24 Mark Lurey
8/24 Tina Lyon
8/25 Jennifer Orseck
8/27 Daniel Falcon
8/28 Norman Bornstein
8/29 Ina Minsky
8/30 Ray Frye