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Rabbi Lyon's Blog - 08_31_2012
08/30/2012 09:27 AM Posted by:

From the Desk of Rabbi David Lyon
August 31, 2012

 

The High Holydays will be here in two weeks. It’s enough to make your rabbis nervous. But, it’s also enough to excite us all about the meaningful times we will share. To get us ready for the profound meaning of the holidays there is an evening called Selichot (Prayers of forgiveness) that serves as a gateway to the days preceding the Ten Days of Repentance that begin with Rosh Hashanah.

                On Saturday, September 8th, at 8:30pm, in the Gordon Chapel, come hear Elie Wiesel who is one of our exclusive “92nd Street Y” presentations. Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, author, Nobel Laureate and master teacher will speak on "Return to Akedah" (The Binding of Isaac story), followed by discussion led by Rabbi Mark Miller. For those who choose, a late night Selichot worship service will be joined by Cantor Daniel Mutlu.

                Our next 92Y presentation will be on Thursday, September 13, 6:30pm, in Wolff-Toomim Hall. The program will be “Relevant Octogenarians” with Mayor Ed Koch, George McGovern, Paul Volcker and George Mitchell. It is another meaningful way to prepare for a season of thoughtful introspection.

                I also invite you to prepare with personal time in the Wolff-Toomim Family Meditation Garden. The doors to this exquisite garden are open every day during Temple office hours, before Shabbat services and on weekends during school. It is a remarkably quiet and somewhat cooler place to sit on a comfortable bench between shapely trees and fine sculptures. A deep breath and a calm setting might be the tranquil beginning you’re seeking before the New Year begins.

                Since last year at this season, we’ve listened to thoughtful comments and ideas about how to improve your worship experience. Please take a note of just a few of the ways the Worship Committee, Rabbis and Cantor have responded.

 

1)       New Musical Notes. Cantor Mutlu skillfully and artfully chose some new musical settings for familiar Holyday prayers and songs. Without losing the passion of the holiday compositions, Cantor’s choices will resonate with us at this season.

2)       Live-Streaming High Holyday services. On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur all our services will be live-streamed for viewing on the Internet. Homebound members or those far from home can tune in to worship, sing, listen and observe the holidays from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. The link will be provided in upcoming Enews. If it goes well and we have your encouragement we can continue to live-stream throughout the year.

3)       Rabbis’ Sermons. On the Holydays, the Rabbis’ sermons will be delivered before the concluding prayers, Aleinu and Kaddish. This is consistent with Shabbat services during the year.

 

                Beth Israel is getting ready. The building is beautiful, the chairs are being arranged, and the prayerbooks are being set out. The rabbis, cantor, staff and administrative teams are hard at work to provide you with the holiday experience to fill your needs. Come with your family. Invite your friends. This is a time of year to feel welcome. At Beth Israel you’re always welcome.

                Now, as Shabbat begins, let’s all look forward to a more restful day. In the sanctuary this Shabbat, come enjoy magnificent music, familiar prayers, and a thoughtful message. From my family to yours, Shabbat Shalom.

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