This Week in Our Community

Sunday, 24 September, 19:00-21:00 (synagogue & zoom)
Kol Nidre

Monday, 25 September
Yom Kippur Day
10:00 – 13:00 Morning Service
13:30 – 15:00 Study Session
16:30 – 18:00 Mincha
18:00 – 18:30 Yizkor
18:30 – 20:18 Neila
20:18 End of Kippur/Anbeiss

Saturday, 30 September, 10:30-12:00 (synagogue & zoom)
Sukkot Day Service & Potluck Lunch

Torah Weekly Portion
Yom Kippur
יוֹם כִּיפּוּר
Deuteronomy 29:9–14, 30:11–20 (Morning)
Leviticus 19:1-4, 9-18, 32-37 (Afternoon)
Yom Kippur morning (a selection from Parashat Nitzavim Deuteronomy 29-9-14; 30-1-20): Moses addresses the assembled people, reminding them that each of them is a member of the covenant. God’s instructions are neither too difficult to learn nor too cumbersome to follow. Regardless of our profession and roles in the community, the Torah belongs to all of us. Finally, we are exhorted to “choose life,” to love God, to walk in God’s ways, and to keep God’s commandments. By doing so, we open our hearts to God and to each other.

Yom Kippur afternoon (a selection from Parashat K’doshim Leviticus 19-18, 32-37 or Genesis 50:14-26 and Leviticus 16:29-34): In the climactic chapter of the Book of Leviticus, we read that each of us can be holy. Each of us has the capacity to bring holiness into our lives and into the lives of those around us. Every act, great or small, can bring us closer to the sacred. We are instructed to leave something from our fields for the poor and for the stranger. We are told, “You shall not insult the deaf, or place a stumbling block before the blind.” We are reminded that we were once strangers in the Land of Egypt and so we must love the stranger. The way to a life of holiness is by sanctifying each moment of our lives.

Haftarah: Isaiah 58:1-14 and Micah 20:7:18

Yom Rishon shel Sukkot
יוֹם רִאשׁוֹן שֶׁל סֻכֹּת
1st Day of Sukkot
Leviticus 23:33-44 
In these verses, we are instructed to observe the festival of Sukkot for seven days. The first of the seven days is a sacred day, one on which we refrain from work. Our ancestors brought sacrifices to the Temple on each of the days and lived in a booth. Why would we be expected to dwell in a fragile booth, exposed to the elements? Perhaps it is so that we do not take our possessions for granted. Anyone who has experienced a hurricane or a fire in their home knows just how fragile our dwellings really are. We are told of the lulav and the etrog and we are commanded to rejoice on each of the seven days. How wonderful to be commanded to celebrate!

Haftarah: Zechariah 14:7-9, 16-21 [historic: Zechariah 14:1-21]; The Book of Ecclesiastes is Read