Tu B’Shvat / טו בשבט

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Tu BiShvat or Tu B’Shevat or Tu B’Shvat (Hebrew: ט״ו בשבט‎) is a minor Jewish holiday, occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. It is also called “The New Year of the Trees” or (Hebrew: ראש השנה לאילנות, Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot‎). Tu BiShvat is one of four “New Years” mentioned in the Mishnah.

Got your fruit? Great! Remember to make the blessing:

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Dinner in the Succah at Beth-El Jewish Center of Flatbush!

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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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Kol Nidre / כָּל נִדְרֵי

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.

Read more here.