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  • Sept 26-27 is Shabbat Shuva

    The Shabbat that falls during the week between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is called Shabbat Shuvah, or the Sabbath of Return, but Shabbat Shuvah is also a pun.

    Shuvah, sounds very much like teshuva, or repentance, another core concept of the High Holidays.

    With Yom Kippur, and the Book of Life foremost on everyone's minds, the services this Shabbat and the atmosphere are solemn and focused. The haftarah portion is made up of selections from two books of Prophets--Hosea, and either Micah or Joel, depending on whether the community is Sephardic or Ashkenazic. Ashkenazim read Hosea 14:2-10 and Joel 2:15-27. Sephardim read Hosea 14:2-10 and Micah 7:18-20. The selection from Hosea focuses on a universal call for repentance, and an assurance that those who return to God will benefit from Divine healing and restoration. The selection from Joel imagines a blow of the shofar that will unite the people for fasting and supplication. Hosea focuses on Divine forgiveness, and how great it is in comparison to the forgiveness of man. Other than the special haftarah, the service on Shabbat Shuvah is not any different from a regular Shabbat.
  • Erev Rosh Hashana Service

    Wed September 24, 7pm
  • The Torah readings for Rosh Hashanah are Gen 21 - 22, which covers the birth and near sacrifice of Isaac (called the akedah or binding). So how are Rosh Hashanah, the Shofar and Akedah connected?

    Midrash Lekach Tov interrupts the near-sacrifice of Isaac for a lengthy digression on the laws and significance of blowing the shofar on Rosh Hashana which is as long as the entirety of the rest of its commentary on Genesis 22. This discussion begins by explaining that the reason for blowing the shofar is to remember the near-sacrifice of Isaac, and because God has promised to forgive Israel in its memory. Further, Lekach Tov connects the Akedah explicitly to the future redemption. Its explanation of the ram caught in the thicket is as follows:

    “It is a sign for Israel that in the end of days Israel will be caught up in troubles, and in the end they will be redeemed through a ram’s horn. This is as it is written: And the Lord God will sound a shofar (Zachariah 9:14). On Rosh Hashanah they take the shofar and sound it, and it is a sign that they will be redeemed. And Rabbi Yossi of Sachnin said in the name of Rabbi Levi: When Abraham our Father saw a ram break away from one thicket and become entangled in another God said to him, “Thus your children will become entangled with [various] kingdoms, from Babylon to Medea, from Medea to Greece, and from Greece to Rome, and in the end will be redeemed through a ram’s horn.”
  • Erev Rosh Hashana Service

    Wed September 24, 7pm
  • There will be no services Sept 5-6
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Erev Shabbat Ma'ariv

Current Study:Haftara Study

Fridays 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Followed by Kiddush and a light snack Oneg

Child care and Shabbat School provided during this service.

Shabbat Shacharit

Current Study:Examining the Psalms

Saturdays 10am-12pm

Followed by Kiddush and a lunch Oneg

Child care and Shabbat School provided during this service.

Mashal Learning Institute Classes

Current Study:Faith Lessons - Life and ministry of Messiah

Saturdays 1pm-2:30pm

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