Simchat Torah Flag

Simchas Torah – October 1-2

Monday, October 1

6:15 pm Mincha & Ma’ariv
7:00 pm Hakofos & Parade of Torahs
7:29 pm Candle lighting in shul or at home

8:00 pm Break for Free Spaghetti Dinner
Includes Whiskey Slush at no extra charge!
Yummy Candy Apples compliments of Sisterhood.
Lively Auction for Simchas Torah honors

Tuesday , October 2

9:00 am Shachris & Musaf
10:00 am Hakofos & Torah Reading
11:00 am Kol Hanarim – All kids called to Torah
. Hear the last Torah portion & then the first! . See the Secret Double over-and-under Hagbah! . Don’t miss “Hernando’s Hideaway”!

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email: jeff@nhbz.org or phone: 991-2100 ext 2

SIMCHAS TORAH

Shemini Atzeres/Simchas Torah 5779

SHEMINI ATZERES
Sunday Evening, September 30
Mincha ……………………………………… 6:20 pm
Candle Lighting. …………………………. 6:28 pm
Monday, October 1
Shacharis …………………………………. .9:00 am
Yizkor ……………………………………… 10:30 am
Mincha. …………………………………….. 6:20 pm
Ma’ariiv …………………………………….. 7:10 pm
Candle Lighting …………………………. 7:29 pm

SIMCHAS TORAH
Monday Evening, October 1
Hakofos & Parade of Torahs. ……….. 7:25 pm
Break for dinner (free to all) ………… .8:00 pm
Resume Hakofos. ………………………. 8:35 pm
Tuesday, October 2
Shacharis. …………………………………. 9:00 am
Kol Hanarim – Call all kids to Torah 11:00 am
Mincha ……………………………………… 5:30 pm
Yom Tov Ends. ………………………….. 7:28 pm

Sukkos 5779

Shabbos Chol HaMoed Sukkos

On the Shabbos that falls during the Intermediate Days (Chol HaMoed) of Sukkos the regular cycle of Torah readings is interrupted with a reading that reflects the theme of the holiday. Our reading this Shabbos is a section of the book of Exodus. Specifically, it is the text from divisions (aliyos) three through six of Parsha Ki Sisa, but newly divided into seven aliyos for a complete Shabbos reading. Ki Sisa, you will remember, is when Moses comes down from Mount Sinai with the first set of tablets to find that the Jewish people had made a golden calf. Moses breaks the tablets and G-d punishes the guilty. This Shabbos’ reading begins right after that point. Toward the end of this Torah reading, G-d gives the commandments to observe the three festivals of Passover, Shavuos, and Succos and to appear in Jerusalem on those three occasions.

SUKKOS

Sunday Evening, September 23
Mincha ……………………………………… 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting ………………………….. 6:39 pm

First Day of Sukkos – Monday, September 24
Shacharis ………………………………….. 9:00 am
Drasha (Sermon). …………………….. 10:45 am
Mincha …………………………………….. 6:30 pm
*Candle Lighting ………………………… 7:40 pm

Second Day of Sukkos – Tuesday, September 25
Shacharis. …………………………………. 9:00 am
Drasha (none today)
Mincha …………………………………….. 6:30 pm
Yom Tov Ends …………………………… 7:39 pm

CHOL HAMOED SUKKOS

Wed. – Fri. Sept. 26 – 28
Shacharis …………………………………. .6:45 am
Mincha ……………………………………… 6:30 pm

Shabbos, Sept 29.
Shacharis ………………………………….. 9:00 am
Mincha ……………………………………… 6:15 pm

Sunday, September 30
Shachris-Hoshana Raba …………….. 8:00 am

Yom Kippur 5779

Erev Yom Kippur – Tuesday , September 18

Mincha. ……………………….. 1:30 pm
Fast Begins ……………….Prior to Kol Nidre
Candle Lighting at home…6:47 pm or earlier.
(* No Candle Lighting at NHBZ)
Babysitting…………………5:45pm – 9:00 pm
Take out Torahs ………….. 6:15 pm
Kol Nidre ………………….. . 6:20 pm
Learners’ Service…………6:45 pm with Rabbi David
Ma’ariv Concludes ………… 9:30 pm

Yom Kippur Wednesday, September 19

Shachris & Musaf ~ 8:30 am

Pesukei D’Zimra: Menachem Szus
Shacharis: Rabbi Yaakov Berkowitz
Leyning: Elie Needle
Haftorah: Kenny Bressler
Drasha (Sermon): Rabbi Ze’ev Smason

-Musaf: Elie Needle
Shofar: Rabbi Ze’ev Smason
Mincha: Rabbi Yaakov Berkowitz
Maftir Yonah: Rabbi Ze’ev Smason
Neilah: Ellie Needle

Torah Portion: Leviticus 16:1 – 16:34
Maftir: Numbers 29:7 – 29:11
Haftorah: Isaiah 57:14 – 58:14

Machzor page 202
Machzor page 206
Machzor page 207

Learners’ Service………..10:00 am with Rabbi David
Children’s Programs…….10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Drasha (Sermon) …………. 11:45 am
Yizkor ………………………… 12:15 pm
Musaf ………………………….. 1:00 pm
Mincha ……………………….. 4:55 pm
Neilah. …………………………. 6:25 pm
Ma’ariv ………………………… 7:35 pm
Havdalah. …………………….. 7:50 pm
Shofar Sounded ……………. 7:55 pm

Fast Concludes after Shofar is sounded

Parking for the High Holidays

We have arrangements with our neighbor, Logos School, to use the vacant spaces on their lower parking lot ( nearest to NHBZ). There are only 25 spaces available during the Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur day services so this lot will fill quickly – Do not park on their upper lot (closest lot to Old Bonhomme) or you will be towed.

For evening services the Logos parking lot may be used in full.

There is also parking on both sides of Old Bonhomme from Price Road east to 170 and there is parking on side streets, unless there are posted No Parking signs. Also, please do not block our neighbor’s driveways or mailboxes.

Lulav and Etrog Orders 2018

Lulav and Etrog Orders are now being taken until Tuesday, August 28.

Please place your order now as we cannot guarantee that more sets will be available after that date.
Order by email to: jeff@nhbz.org or phone 991-2100 ext. 2.

Basic Lulav & Etrog set = $45
Deluxe Lulav & Etrog set = $60

Standard Lulav & Etrog set = $55
Premium Lulav & Etrog set = $80

5779 – High Holiday Information – 2018

Contents

Rabbi’s Message
President’s Message
About the Holidays
Holiday Preparations and Customs
Shul Etiquette
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Personnel
Aish HaTorah Learner’s Service
Children’s Programs
High Holiday & Yom Tov Complete Schedule of Services

Deep in the frozen tundra of Siberia, a squirrel buried fruits some 32,000 years ago from a plant that had white flowers. Recently, a team of Russian scientists announced that it had dug up the fruit and brought tissue from it back to life.  The previous record for regeneration of ancient flowers was with 2,000-year-old date palm seeds at Masada near the Dead Sea in Israel. Within weeks, the regenerated tissue from Siberia sprouted buds that developed into 36 flowering plants—known, for the botanists among you — as narrow-leafed campion plants.

Scientific research that revives extinct species is fascinating and somewhat controversial. It’s not quite Jurassic Park, but it is the real deal. In Judaism, we have various forms of regeneration. One type of spiritual regeneration is called tshuva. Not literally a rebirth, but a return. A return to Hashem. A return to the very best version of what we can possibly be. And the best time for for this spiritual regeneration is right now — just before and during the Yomim Norayim (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur).

Every day provides a chance for a fresh start – to learn, grow, develop our strengths, heal ourselves from past regrets or hurts, and to move forward. However, there is no time quite as opportune as the Yomim Norayim to make great strides forward. The following words of the Midrash alert us to the great benefit of even small spiritual steps:

The Holy One, blessed be He, said to Israel, “My children, open for Me an opening [of tshuva – repentance] like the small size of an eye of a needle, and I will open for you an opening the size of a giant hall [Shir HaShirim Raba 5].

Throughout Elul and on Rosh Hashana, we hear the shofar blast. Historically, the shofar signaled the release of all slaves at the end of the Jubilee year. That sound should make us say, “Time to wake up! What can I change? What is one small, measurable, tangible thing I can do, to begin my new start?” If scientists can regenerate a 32,000 year old flower, we can certainly be inspired to change.  Despite our inertia of the previous year — all the disappointments, frustrations and failures we can begin again.

Rabbi Ze’ev Smason

President’s Message

My wife Peggy, our family and I wish you the sweetest of New Years. I am humbled and honored at the opportunity to serve as your president. Thank you to each and every one of our members for ensuring the health and vitality of our Shul. We rely on your active support so that we can continue to inspire, educate and create a sacred place for all our community. Rosh Hashanah and teshuvah are annual reminders of the possibilities to renew our relationship with HaShem and with each other.

Nusach Hari B’nai Zion is a family, and like the members of a family, we all have responsibilities.  At this time of year, it is appropriate to think not only of what the Shul can do for you, but to think of what you can do for the Shul. Feel free to reach out to me and the other officers and members of the congregation’s board. Volunteer to serve on a committee. Attend the many classes we offer. I assure you that you will get far more out of it than the time you put in.

Your Yom Kippur pledge will allow us to continue to be a welcome home to all in the NHBZ family. It is my fervent hope that each of us discover a new sense of possibility, a new belief in the gifts we have to offer and share, a renewed commitment to our Judaism and to our Shul.

May each of you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.

Jay B Umansky

About the Holidays

Selichos is a series of penitential prayers that are recited several days before Rosh Hashanah. It is important to attend synagogue for Selichos, as its text contains several important passages which may be said only in the presence of a minyan.

Rosh Hashanah means, literally, “Head of the Year.” It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, highlighting the special relationship between G-d and humanity. The primary theme of the day is our acceptance of G-d as our King. G-d not only wants to have a world populated with people, He wants an intimate relationship with each one of us.  In addition to the collective aspects of Rosh Hashanah worship, each man and woman personally asks G-d to accept the coronation, thus creating the bond of “We are Your people and You are our King.”

Fast of Gedalia, usually occurs one day after Rosh Hashanah and commemorates the assassination of Gedalia, Governor of Judah, whose murder ended Jewish autonomy following the destruction of the First Temple. When Rosh Hashanah occurs on Thursday and Friday, the fast occurs on Sunday, since we don’t fast on Shabbos.

Yizkor, a special memorial prayer for the departed, will be recited following the Torah reading on Yom Kippur and Shemini Atzeres. Yizkor means “Remember” and represents the overall theme of the prayer, in which we implore G-d to remember the souls of our relatives and friends that have passed on. When we recite Yizkor, we renew and strengthen the connection between us and our loved one, bringing merit to the departed souls, elevating them in their celestial homes. The main component of Yizkor is our private pledge to give charity following the holiday in honor of the deceased. By giving charity, we are performing a positive physical deed in this world, something that the departed can no longer do.

Yom Kippur commemorates the day that G-d forgave the Jewish people for the sin of the Golden Calf. Moses spent 40 days on top of Mount Sinai pleading with G-d for forgiveness. On the tenth of Tishrei, G-d gave Moses the second set of tablets containing The Ten Commandments.

From that moment on, henceforth known as the Day of Atonement, we observe this date every year as a commemoration of our special relationship with G-d, a relationship that is strong enough to survive any rocky bumps it might encounter. Yom Kippur also features the Yizkor prayer, asking G-d to remember the souls of the departed.

Sukkos For forty years, as our ancestors crossed the Sinai Desert prior to their entry into the Holy Land, miraculous “clouds of glory” surrounded and hovered over them, shielding them from the dangers and discomforts of the desert. Ever since, we remember G-d’s kindness and reaffirm our trust in His providence by dwelling in a sukkah – a hut of temporary construction with a roof-covering of branches – for the duration of the Sukkos festival. For eight days and nights, we eat all our meals in the sukkah, and regard it as our home.

Shemini Atzeres and Simchas Torah are independent holidays that immediately follow Sukkos. These holidays are characterized by joyousness, which surpasses even the joy of Sukkos. Shemini Atzeres features the prayer for rain, officially commemorating the start of the rainy season in Israel, and the Yizkor prayer, asking G-d to remember the souls of the departed. The joy reaches its climax on Simchat Torah, when we celebrate the conclusion and restart of the annual Torah-reading cycle. The highlight of Simchas Torah are the hakafos, held both on the eve and morning of Simchat Torah, in which we march and dance with Torah scrolls around the synagogue.

Holiday Preparations and Customs

Eruv Tavshilin

When the first or second day of Yom Tov (Rosh Hashanah, Sukkos, Shemini Atzeres or Simchas Torah) falls on Friday, we must make an Eruv Tavshilin (mingling of cooked foods) in order to prepare food for Shabbos during Yom Tov.

According to Jewish Law, we may cook on Yom Tov, but only for that day, and not for the following day. The Rabbis instituted the Eruv Tavshilin to solve the problem. If you begin preparing for Shabbos on the day before Yom Tov begins (on Wednesday afternoon if Yom Tov falls on Thursday and Friday, or on Thursday afternoon if Yom Tov falls on Friday and Shabbos), then you can continue the preparation for Shabbos on Yom Tov itself.

Therefore, on the day before Yom Tov, cook a hard-boiled egg, and set it aside with a piece of bread or matzo as the beginning of preparations for the Shabbos following Yom Tov. Hold these ‘eruv-foods’ and recite the following prayer: Blessed art You, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us concerning the mitzvah of eruv.

This is followed by reciting the following declaration: Through this eruv may we be permitted to bake, cook, insulate, kindle a flame, prepare, and do anything necessary on the Festival for the sake of Shabbat — for us and for all Jews who live in this city.

The eruv-foods are set aside and eaten on Shabbos.  For more details, call Rabbi Smason.

Candle Lighting

We kindle two candles on Erev Rosh Hashanah (2 nights), Erev Yom Kippur, Erev Sukkos (2 nights), Erev Shemini Atzeres and Erev Simchas Torah.

Rosh Hashanah

ROSH HASHANAH CANDLE-LIGHTING

    1. Bo-ruch a-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ho-olom a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-sov ve-tzi-vo- nu le-had-lik ner shel (Sha-bos v’shel ) Yom Ha-zi-karon.Translation: Blessed are you, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the light of (the Sabbath and) the Day of Remembrance.
    2. Bo-ruch a-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ho-olom she-he-che-ya-nu vi-kee-yi-ma-nu vi-hi-gee- an-u liz-man ha-zeh.Translation: Blessed are you, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has kept us alive and sustained us and let us reach this time.

ON THE TABLE It is customary to have fish and carrots at the table on Rosh Hashanah. Fish and carrots are symbolic of being fruitful and multiplying. We hope that our good deeds and Simchas will be many during the coming year.

KIDDUSH is recited on both evenings and mornings of Rosh Hashana, at home, after services. The Kiddush for Rosh Hashanah is found in the siddur or bencher.

HONEY is used with Challah. We dip challah into honey after the Motzi prayer is recited. After eating the piece of bread, we pray for a sweet year. An apple is also dipped into honey, the blessing over fruit of the tree is recited and then, the prayer for a sweet year is offered. The prayer reads: May it be Your will O L-rd to renew for us a good, sweet year.

SH’HECHEYANU: It is customary to display new fruit or wear new garments on the 2nd eve of Rosh Hashanah and keep these in mind when offering the Sh’hecheyanu prayer.

Tashlich

Tashlich is a series of prayers that we say on the shore of a river or body of water that contains fish. We symbolically cast off our sins into the depths on the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashana.

Yom Kippur

KAPPORAS: It is customary to shlug Kapporas (swing a chicken around your head) on Erev Yom Kippur. Many Jews fulfill this custom today by placing money for each family member into a handkerchief, twirling it over your head and saying: This is my exchange, this is my substitute, this is my expiation. this money should go to charity and I should be privileged to have a long & pleasant life of peace”. We will place collection plates in the lobby on Erev Yom Kippur for you to fulfill your pledge.

YOM KIPPUR CANDLE-LIGHTING

      1. Bo-ruch a-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ho-olom a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-sov ve-tzi- vo-nu le-had-lik ner shel (Sha-bos v’shel) Yom Ha-kipurim.Translation: Blessed are you, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the light of (the Sabbath and) the Day of Atonement.
      2. Bo-ruch a-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ho-olom she-he-che-ya-nu vi-kee-yi-ma-nu vi-hi-gee- an-u liz-man ha-zeh.Translation: Blessed are you, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has kept us alive and sustained us and let us reach this time.

NOTE: Candle lighting will not be available at NHBZ on Erev Yom Kippur.

BLESSING THE CHILDREN: A beautiful custom is the blessing that parents give to their children before leaving for shul on Erev Yom Kippur.

For girls: May you be like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah.

For boys: May you be like Ephraim and Menashe.

Conclude for both boys and girls: May G-d bless you and guard you. May G-d show you favor and be gracious to you. May G-d show you kindness and grant you peace.

FAST OF YOM KIPPUR is a biblical law. In order to fast properly, the Rabbis urge that a good meal be eaten on Erev Yom Kippur. On Yom Kippur, men are encouraged to wear a Kittel, a white garment, and do not wear leather shoes. If a physician requires one to take medicine on Yom Kippur, call the Rabbi for proper procedures.

Sukkos/Shemini Atzeres/Simchas Torah

YOM TOV CANDLE-LIGHTING

  1. Bo-ruch a-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ho-olom a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-sov e-tzi-vo- nu le-had-lik ner shel (Sha-bos v’shel) Yom Tov.Translation: Blessed are you, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the light of (the Sabbath and) the Festival Day.
  2. Bo-ruch a-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ho-olom she-he-che-ya-nu vi-kee-yi-ma-nu vi-hi-gee- an-u liz-man ha-zeh.Translation: Blessed are you, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has kept us alive and sustained us and let us reach this time.

Shul Etiquette

  • Conversation with your neighbor is improper during services. Be mindful that our purpose in shul is to converse with and pour out our hearts to G-d. Page numbers will be announced from the Pulpit.  Please remain quiet so everyone can hear and follow the service.
  • Do not congregate in the lobby. Enter services quietly! Ushers will help you find your seat to eliminate any unnecessary disturbance.
  • No one will be allowed to enter during Sermons, Hineni, and Kedusha. It is improper to leave services during these times, or during the reading of the Torah.
    Sermons: 10:20 am. on Rosh Hashana, and 11:45 am on Yom Kippur.
    Hineni: 11:00 am on Rosh Hashana and 12:15 pm on Yom Kippur
  • Prayers may be offered in Hebrew or English. G-d hears all prayers that are offered with a sincere heart! Listen to 100 blasts of the Shofar that are sounded before and during Musaf on Rosh Hashana (at approximately 10:45 a.m.)
  • It is permissible to bring your Tallis on Rosh Hashana. You may bring your Tallis on Yom Kippur only if you live within the Eruv; otherwise you must bring it before Kol Nidre and leave it in Shul until after Yom Kippur. It is also customary to place charity in the charity plates in the lobby before Yom Kippur begins on Kol Nidre evening.
  • Personal cell phones may not be used.
  • Married women are encouraged to wear a hat or head covering. All girls and women must wear skirts or dresses.  No slacks please.  If you have a medical reason, please contact Rabbi Smason.
  • It is customary to make a contribution to the synagogue for honors received during the holidays.

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Personnel

Rosh Hashana

Pesukei D’Zimra……………. Menachem Szus
Shacharis……………… Rabbi Yaakov Berkowitz
Drasha (Sermon) …………Rabbi Ze’ev Smason
Torah Reading ………………………… Elie Needle
Musaf  ……………………………………. Elie Needle
Shofar  ……………………….Rabbi Ze’ev Smason

Yom Kippur

Kol Nidre …………………………………. Elie Needle
Drashas (Sermons)………. Rabbi Ze’ev Smason
Shacharis ……………… Rabbi Yaakov Berkowitz
Torah Reading …………………………. Elie Needle
Musaf ……………………………………… Elie Needle
Mincha …………………..Rabbi Yaakov Berkowitz
Neilah  …………………………………….. Elie Needle

Aish HaTorah Learner’s Services and Programs

Aish HaTorah will present several Learner’s Services and Programs during the holidays to be held on the lower level of the Shul.  The schedule is as follows:

Erev Rosh Hashana, Sunday, Sept. 9, 6:20 pm…………………………………………..  Rabbi Yosef David
Rosh Hashana Day 1, Monday, Sept. 10, 10:00 am ……………………………………. Rabbi Yosef David
Rosh Hashana Day 2, Tues., Sept. 11, 11:00 am
Special program …………. Rebbitzen Mimi David Yom Kippur, Wednesday, September 19, 10:00 am

Children’s Programs

Junior Congregation (ages 7-12), Tot Shabbat (ages 3-6), and Babysitting (ages birth – 2) will be held at the following days and times, except as noted:

Rosh Hashana Days 1 & 2, Monday, September 10 and Tues., Sept. 11, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Erev Yom Kippur, Tuesday, September 18, 5:45 pm – 9:00 pm (babysitting only)
Yom Kippur, Wednesday, September 19, 10:00 am – 1:00pm

Lunch will be provided for all children.  We encourage an RSVP to the office at 991-2100 ext. 2.

Check latest Shul bulletins in event of any time changes for Aish Services or Children’s Programs.

2018 High Holiday Newsletter 5779

High Holiday and Yom Tov Complete Schedule Of Services

SELICHOS PRIOR TO ROSH HASHANAH

Sat. Night / Sun. morn. Sept. 2 … 12:30 am

Mon. Sept 3 (Labor Day) ……………… 7:30 am

Tue. – Fri. Sept 4-7……. ………………. 6:30 am

Sunday, Sept. 9 ………………………….. 7:15 am

ROSH HASHANA

Sunday Evening, September 9

Learner’s Service ……………………….. 6:40 pm
Mincha ……………………………………… 6:50 pm
Candle Lighting  …………………………. 7:01 pm

Monday, September 10

Shacharis………………………………….. 8:00 am
Learner’s Service ………10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Drasha (Sermon) ……………………… 10:20 am
Children’s Programs …..10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Shofar …………………………………….. 10:45 am
Mincha-Tashlich…………………………. 6:50 pm
*Candle Lighting ………………………… 8:02 pm

Tuesday, September 11

Shacharis………………………………….. 8:00 am
Learner’s Program …….11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Drasha (Sermon) ……………………… 10:20 am
Children’s Programs …..10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Shofar …………………………………….. 10:45 am
Mincha. …………………………………….. 6:50 pm
Yom Tov Candle Lighting…………….. 8:01 pm

TZOM GEDALIAH (Fast of Gedaliah) Wednesday, September12

Fast Begins……………………………….. 5:27 am
Selichos. …………………………………… 6:45 am
Shacharis …………………………………. 7:00 am
Mincha. …………………………………….. 6:40 pm
Fast Concludes………………………….. 7:56 pm

YOM KIPPUR

Erev Yom Kippur – Tuesday, September 18

Mincha. …………………………………….. 1:30 pm
Fast Begins ………………….. Prior to Kol Nidre Candle Lighting at home *. 6:47 pm or earlier

(* No Candle Lighting at NHBZ)

Babysitting ……………………5:45pm – 9:00 pm
Take out Torahs……………………….. 6:15 pm
Kol Nidre …………………………………… 6:20 pm
Maariv Concludes …. .Approximately 9:30 pm

Yom Kippur – Wednesday, September 19

Shacharis………………………………….. 8:30 am
Learner’s Service ……………………… 10:00 am
Children’s Programs …..10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Drasha (Sermon) ……………………… 11:45 am
Yizkor……………………………………… 12:15 pm
Musaf……………………………………….. 1:00 pm
Mincha  …………………………………….. 4:55 pm
Neilah. ……………………………………… 6:25 pm
Maariv………………………………………. 7:35 pm
Havdalah. …………………………………. 7:50 pm
Shofar Sounded…………………………. 7:55 pm

Fast Concludes……..After Shofar is Sounded

SUKKOS

Sunday Evening, September 23

Mincha ……………………………………… 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting ………………………….. 6:39 pm

Monday, September 24

Shacharis………………………………….. 9:00 am
Drasha (Sermon). …………………….. 10:45 am
Mincha  …………………………………….. 6:30 pm
*Candle Lighting ………………………… 7:40 pm

Tuesday, September 25

Shacharis………………………………….. 9:00 am
Drasha (none today)

Mincha  …………………………………….. 6:30 pm
Yom Tov Ends …………………………… 7:39 pm

CHOL HAMOED SUKKOS

Wed. – Fri. Sept. 26 – 28

Shacharis…………………………………. .6:45 am
Mincha ……………………………………… 6:30 pm

Shabbos, Sept 29.

Shacharis………………………………….. 9:00 am
Mincha ……………………………………… 6:15 pm

Sunday, September 30

Shachris-Hoshana Raba  …………….. 8:00 am

SHEMINI ATZERES

Sunday Evening, September 30

Mincha ……………………………………… 6:20 pm
Candle Lighting. …………………………. 6:28 pm

Monday, October 1

Shacharis…………………………………. .9:00 am
Yizkor……………………………………… 10:30 am
Mincha. …………………………………….. 6:20 pm
Ma’ariiv …………………………………….. 7:10 pm
Candle Lighting  …………………………. 7:29 pm

SIMCHAS TORAH

Monday Evening, October 1

Hakofos & Parade of Torahs. ……….. 7:25 pm
Break for dinner (free to all) ………….8:00 pm
Resume Hakofos. ………………………. 8:35 pm

Tuesday, October 2

Shacharis………………………………….. 9:00 am
Kol Hanarim – Call all kids to Torah 11:00 am
Mincha ……………………………………… 5:30 pm
Yom Tov Ends. ………………………….. 7:28 pm

Shavous 2018

Shavous

The major festival of Shavous begins on Saturday evening May 19 and concludes Monday evening, May 21. You may remember Cecil B. DeMille’s film ‘The Ten Commandments’, starring Charlton Heston. Good film; however, the book was better than the movie! On Sunday morning the Torah reading (Exodus 19:1 – 20:23) contains the narrative of the giving of the Torah and the Aseres HaDibros — “The Ten Statements”, often inaccurately translated as ‘The Ten Commandments.’

On the second day of Shavous, Monday, the Torah reading (Deut. 15:19 – 16:17) contains a brief description of the Shalosh Regalim – Passover, Shavous and Succos. An argument can be made that Shavous is THE most important holiday of the Jewish year. After all, without the Torah, what is Judaism?

Sunday, May 20 ~ Services 9:00 am

Thank you for leading services:
– Pesukei D’Zimra: Howard Sandler
– Leyning: Max Gornish
– Shacharis: TBA – Drasha: No Drasha
– Akdamus: Rabbi Ze’ev Smason
– Musaf:
– Haftorah: Rabbi Ze’ev Smason
Torah Portion: Exodus 19:1 – 20:26; Siddur: pages 520-522; Chumash: pp. 400-415
Maftir: Numbers 28:26 – 28:31 Siddur: page 522; Chumash: pp. 892-893
Haftorah: Ezekiel 1:1 – 1:28; 3:12 Siddur pages 522-523; Chumash: pp. 1228-1229
Kiddush ~ Following Musaf
Mincha & Ma’ariv ~ 7:50 pm
Yom Tov Candle Lighting ~ after 8:55 pm

Monday, May 21 ~ Services 9:00 am

Thank you for leading services:
– Pesukei D’Zimra: Howard Sandler
– Haftorah: TBA
– Shacharis: TBA
– Drasha: Rabbi Ze’ev Smason
– Leyning: Max Gornish
– Musaf: Max Gornish
Torah Portion: Deuteronomy 15:19 –16:17 Siddur: pp. 525-526; Chumash: pp. 1018-1023
Maftir: Numbers 28:26 – 28:31; Siddur: page 522; Chumash: pp. 892-893
Haftorah: Habakkuk 2:20 – 3:19 Siddur pages 526-527; Chumash: pp. 1229-1231
Yizkor (Approx. 10:30 am)
Kiddush ~ Following Musaf
Mincha & Ma’ariv ~ 7:50 pm
Yom Tov Concludes ~ 8:56 pm

Thank you to Libby Sorkin Routman for sponsoring the cheesecake for Shavuos.
Thank you to Jessica Fadem for sponsoring the beautiful Bimah flowers.
Thank you to Sandie Abrams for the special apple kugel for this Yom Tov.

 

Etrog and Lulav

Instructions for Rain on First or Second Nights of Sukkot

Instructions if it Rains on First or Second Nights of Sukkot

Adapted from Rabbi Yona Reiss, Av Beis Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council (CRC)

Eating in the Rain – Guidelines for Contending with Rainfall on the First and Second Nights of Sukkot

Generally, there is no obligation to eat in the Sukkah when it rains to the degree that the soup would get ruined.  This is based on the exemption of “mitztaer” – of a person who is uncomfortable – from having to eat in the Sukkah.  The Torah says that one should “reside” in the Sukkah for seven days in a manner akin to how one resides in their house, and therefore one is not required to “reside” in the Sukkah in a manner of discomfort which they would not tolerate in their own home.

However, many authorities hold that this exemption is inapplicable to the first night of Sukkot, and therefore there would be an obligation to eat at least a “kezayis” (an “olive’s worth” or approximately one fluid ounce) worth of bread in the Sukkah on the first night of Sukkot even if it is raining.  According to this opinion, it would have even been permissible to recite the blessing of “Leishev B’Sukkah” in the rain during the first night.  Others, however, disagree and hold that the exemption of “mitztaer” is applicable to the first night as well and therefore one would not have to eat in the Sukkah at all during the rain and certainly should not recite the blessing of “Leishev B’Sukkah.”

Due to the lack of resolution of this question, rain on the first night presents a special challenge.  Therefore, it is appropriate to wait for an hour or two (others hold until close to midnight, but that is not the custom) for the rain to stop before beginning the meal.  If the rain does not stop within this time frame, then Kiddush should be made in the Sukkah (with the brocha of Shecheyanu) without the recitation of the blessing of “Leishev BaSukah,” followed by Hamotzi in the Sukkah and the eating of a “kezayis” of bread.   However, if a person has hungry guests or members of the household who would have difficulty waiting, it would be permissible to make Kiddush (without Leishev B’Sukkah) and Hamotzi right away in the Sukkah if the rain is not imminently coming to an end.  It is legitimate in our opinion to rely upon this approach even in the case of a normal family that does not have guests.

If it is still raining, the rest of the meal can be eaten in the house, but if it stops raining afterwards, one should return to the Sukkah to eat a “Ke’Beitzah v’Od” (the volume of “more than an egg” or slightly more than two fluid ounces) worth of bread and make the blessing of Leishev B’Sukkah at that time.  If one already went to sleep when it stopped raining, most authorities hold that it is not necessary to return to the Sukkah to eat more bread and make the “Leishev B’Sukkah” blessing, but some authorities, such as the Vilna Gaon, feel that it would be appropriate to force oneself to return to the Sukkah at any point during the night when it stops raining.

If it is raining on the second night, the Kiddush and Hamotzi can be said in the house (obviously, without the blessing of “Leishev B’Sukkah”) after waiting just a few minutes for the rain to stop (and certainly no longer than the waiting period during the first night), followed by the meal in the house, and then followed by eating in the rain a “kezayis” of bread in the Sukkah (without a “Leisev B’Sukkah) before benching in the house.  If the rain stops before one goes to bed, one should follow the procedure of the first night of making eating “Ke’Baitzah v’Od” of bread in the Sukkah and reciting “Leishev B’Sukkah” before going to sleep.

On both nights, if it appears that the rain is about to start when one returns from shul, it is important to recite Kiddush in the Sukkah quickly with a “Leishev B’Sukkah”, and then to wash quickly, make Hamotzi and eat a “kezayis” of bread quickly before the rain starts to come down.  While it is ideally recommended this year (5778) to wait before making Kiddush until 7:24 pm on the first night, and 7:23 on the second night, it is recommended in the case of impending rain to recite Kiddush in the Sukkah as early as 7:16 pm on the first night, or 7:15 pm on the second night (for residents of St. Louis).

All these restrictions and requirements only apply to men.  Women, who are not strictly required by halacha to eat in the Sukkah, do not need to observe any of these waiting periods and do not need to return to the Sukkah when it stops raining afterward, although they are of course welcome to do so.

It is our fervent hope that we should merit to observe the mitzvah of sitting in the Sukkah in splendid and superior fashion during this upcoming holiday.

Chag Sameach to all.