Day: September 10, 2020

Guide for those Davening without a Minyan on Rosh Hashanah 2020

Guide for those Davening without a Minyan on Rosh Hashanah 2020

Guide for those Davening without a Minyan on Rosh Hashanah 2020

Page listings from the NHBZ Machzor

1a)  Morning Blessings. pages 60-62

1) Introductory Prayers and Psalms of Praise (Psukei D’Zimra)  pages 79-100

  • Optimally, one should recite all these prayers.
  • Minimally, one must say:
  1. Blessed is He who spoke …. (Boruch Sh’amar) p. 89
  2. Happy are those … (Ashrei) p. 91-92
  3. The soul of every living … (Nishmas) p.97, and onward.

One says everything until the “Hatzi Kaddish” before ברכו (Barechu)  on page 100.

  1. One doesn’t say any “Kaddish,” or ברכו, (Barechu) on pages 100 & 101.
  2. Say all the Blessings before & after the “Shema” till the end of the “Silent Amida” [without “Kedusha”]  pages 101-114.
  3. One can say the piyut of אתה הוא אלו-הינו (You are our G-d) on page 118 and לא-ל עורך דין (To the Almighty who arranges judgment) on page 126.
  4. Avinu Malkeinu” [on the 2nd day only] pages 152-154
  5. Psalms of the Day: Shabbos, page 158, Sunday, page 155
    L’Dovid (both days):  page 158
  6. Torah Reading:  page 164


אתה הראת/אין כמוך….בקדושתו  (“You have been shown …. to His people Israel”) p.160

First Day:  בריך שמיה…ולשלם  (“Blessed is the Name … and for peace”)  p.161

Second Day:  ריבנו של עולם…ולשלם  (“Master of the world …”) p. 161
Can be said in addition to 1st day optional/

•Blessings before/after Aliya as well as blessings before/after the Torah Readings and Haftarah
ה׳ ה׳…ונקה•  (bottom of p. 160)

7b) Haftorahs   Page 170

  1. First day: first יקום פורקן (“May there come …)  page 174
  2. Shofar Blowing on the 2nd day: pages 175-176

    If you have a shofar —the 2 blessings and 30 blasts.
  3. Ashrei  — pages 177-178
  4. Optional to say “Let them praise ….. Praise the Lord”  on page 178
  5. The entire “Silent Amida” for “Musaf”  — pages 180-192
  6. One can say the piyut ונתנה תוקף  (“Let us proclaim”) on page 200 and האוחז ביד…וכל מאמינים (“He holds in His hands ..”) on pages 203-204
  7. Ein Kelokaynu, Aleinu   — pages 245, 247  (No kaddish recited)

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Rosh Hashana 2020/5781

Rosh Hashana 2020/5781

ROSH HASHANA 2020/ 5781

Friday Evening, September 18
Mincha (Outdoors)……………..6:45 pm
Candle Lighting ………………..6:47 pm

Shabbos, September 19 ~ Day 1
Indoor Service ………………….8:30 am
Outdoor Service…………………9:30 am
Mincha (Outdoors)…………….. 6:30 pm
*Yom Tov Candle Lighting…….7:48 pm

Sunday, September 20 ~ Day 2
Indoor Service……………………8:30 am
Outdoor Service………………….9:30 am
Learners’ Service (Outdoors)….10:00 am
Shofar/ Tashlich (Outdoors)……6:00 pm
Mincha. (Outdoors)……………. 6:35 pm
Yom Tov Ends…………………..7:47 pm

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As the month of Elul draws to a close, the mood of repentance becomes more urgent. Prayers for forgiveness called selichos are added to the daily cycle of religious services. Selichos are recited in the early morning, before the daily shacharis service. Selichos adds about 30 minutes to the regular daily service.

The first selichos prior to Rosh Hashana are recited around midnight on Motzaei Shabbos (the night after the sabbath ends; that is, after nightfall on Saturday). A fundamental part of the selichos service is the recitation of the “Thirteen Attributes,” a list of G-d’s thirteen attributes of mercy that were revealed to Moses after the sin of the golden calf (Ex 34:6-7). Selichos can and should be said at home even if one is not attending a minyan. However, the “Thirteen Attributes” should be omitted at home, as they may only be recited in the presence of a minyan.

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Parshas Nitzavim – Vayelech

Parshas Nitzavim – Vayelech

Nitzavim begins with Moses gathering every member of the Jewish people for the final time. He initiates them into a Covenant with G-d as the Almighty’s ‘Chosen People’. This Covenant applied not only to those present on that day, but to all future Jewish generations. A question for your consideration- how could someone not present be bound to a commitment made by their ancestors? What is the binding force today that obligates all Jews to keep a Torah accepted over 3,000 years ago?

Moses tells the people that although eventually they will sin, in time they will repent and return to the Torah, and G-d will usher in the messianic era when we all return to the land of Israel. Furthermore, he assures them that the commandments are neither distant nor inaccessible (‘it is not in heaven’). This means that a committed Jewish life is well within everyone’s reach.

Vayelech opens with Moses walking through the Jewish camp on the final day of his life to say goodbye to his beloved people. He teaches them the mitzvah of Hakhel (הקהל), the once-in-seven-years gathering of the entire nation to hear the king read certain passages from the Torah. G-d commands that a special Torah, written by Moses, be placed by the Levites at the side of the Holy Ark to bear witness against Israel if they were to ever deviate from its teachings.

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