As in previous years, please join Rabbi Pearl for dinner in the shul Succah, first night of Succot, Wednesday, September 14th. Mincha will be at 6:40pm, and dinner will begin at approximately 7:30pm.
While there is no charge for dinner, contributions are requested. Please let Rabbi Pearl know if you’re attending, in order to be able to prepare for the proper number of people.
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Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof said, “As the good book says, when a poor man eats a chicken, one of them is sick.” Mendel asks, “Where does the book say that?” Tevye replies, “Well, it doesn’t say that exactly, but somewhere there is something about a chicken.” While chicken is certainly tasty, the book doesn’t mention anything about it making us sick! 😕 But you know what it does say?
Everyday a person should say 100 berachot!
Here are a few reasons why:
- David Hamelech made 100 berachot a day to stop the plague that was killing a 100 people every day
- The Gematria of each letter of tzaddik– 90 amen’s a day, 4 shema’s a day, 10 amen yehiy shemei rabba‘s = 100 berachot
- The one hundred poles of the mishkan
- Pasuk in devarim– mah Hashem elokecha shoel meemach …gemara: don’t read mah (what) elah me’ah (100)
Now that Yom Kippur is over and we start anew, how about beginning with a simple resolution to start saying the blessings for each time we eat? What a great way to start the year! 😀
Here are two great websites that show you all the necessary blessings for bircas hamazon for both Ashkenazi and Sephardic customs. Take the guessing out of blessing, make the brocha and complete the mitzvah!
Don’t forget, Kol Nidre is tonight!
** Services will begin at 6:50pm. **
What Is Kol Nidre?
Kol Nidrei is both the opening prayer and the name for the evening service that begins Yom Kippur. Kol Nidrei literally means “All Vows.” It asks God to annul vows we may make (to God) during the coming year, either innocently or under duress. In other words, vows made unintentionally through the careless use of words or vows made because a person was forced to do so.
It is said three times so that latecomers to the service will have an opportunity to hear the prayer. It is also recited three times according to the custom of ancient Jewish courts, which would say “You are released” three times when someone was released from a legally binding vow.
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Tashlich is usually performed on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. If the first day of Rosh Hashanah falls on Shabbat, Tashlich is done on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. It may be performed up until Hoshanah Rabba (the last day of Sukkot), as some communities are anyway accustomed, except on Shabbat.
Special verses are recited next to a body of water, such as a sea, river, stream, lake or pond, preferably one that has fish (though when no such body of water was available, some rabbis were known to do Tashlich next to a well, even one that dried up, or next to a bucket of water). Upon concluding the verses, the corners of one’s clothes are shaken out; for males, this is usually done with the corners of the tallit katan (tzitzit garment).
Though Tashlich is not mentioned in the Talmud, its earliest reference appears to be in the book of the Prophet Nehemiah (8:1) which states, “All the Jews gathered as one in the street that is in front of the gate of water.” This gathering is known to have taken place on Rosh Hashanah.
The goal of Tashlich is to cast both our sins and the Heavenly prosecutor (a.k.a. the Satan) into the Heavenly sea. And when we shake our clothes after the Tashlich prayer, this is a tangible act to achieve the spiritual goal of shaking sins from our soul.
In case you have not done so and live in Brooklyn, you can go to the bay area on Emmons Avenue to do so. May we shake off our sins from the past and be sealed in the Book of Life for a healthy sweet new year!
We hope you had a wonderful and meaningful Rosh Hashana! May the sound of the shofar usher in a sweet, successful healthy new year to all of you.
Just a reminder, tomorrow September 8, is the Fast of Gedalia. This fast is important because it commemorates the assassination of the Jewish governor of Judah, whose murder ended Jewish autonomy following the destruction of the First Temple.
The fast beings at dawn and ends at dusk. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to answer them!
Have a meaningful and easy fast.