Date(s) - Sep 20, 2014
9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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10:30pm: Selichot Service
This past week we began the Hebrew month of Elul, a thirty day period of spiritual preparation for the High Holy Days that will soon be upon us.
Our rabbis teach that Elul written in Hebrew aleph-lamed-vav-lamed is an acronym for the romantic verse from Song of Songs, Ani l’dodi v’dodi li / “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” Tradition teaches that it is during this month that we pay special attention to the relationships in our life, with our partner, our children, our family, our colleagues, our community, our friends and with God. During this period of reflection and introspection we are instructed to examine our past year and deeds.
Custom is to identify the relationships that have been neglected or need repair and to begin the process of t’shuvah of repair and return to what we intended them to be. T’shuvah, like a relationship, is a two-way street. The other person or group has to be receptive of our desire for reconciliation, but the onus from our tradition is clearly on us to take the first step.
An important and powerful step along that journey of t’shuvah is the Selichot service on Saturday, September 20, 2014. We will begin this late evening ceremony at 9:00pm with a screening of the powerful film, Nicky’s Family.
The award winning documentary tells the nearly forgotten story of
Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Our own Cantor Naomi Taussig, whose family was saved by Sir Winton, will share her personal perspective. The program will be followed by a delicious oneg and the moving Selichot service where High Holy Day
prayers and melodies are sung by our cantor and the Torah covers and mantels are changed to their
white covers for the New Year. I hope you will join us for this special evening and, I pray for each of us a meaningful and inspiring month of Elul. May we both extend and receive t’shuvah in all our relationships.
Rabbi Dan Moskovitz