Shabbat & Succot Timetable

Friday, October 21st
Candles 5:47pm

Shabbat, October 22nd
Service 9:30am
Kiddush in Suca 11:30am
Class on Book of Samuel 12:30pm

Sunday, October 23rd
Candles 5:43pm

Shmini Atzeret, October 24th
Service 9:30am
Candles 6:37pm
Evening Service 6:00pm

Simchat Torah, October 25th
Service 9:30am
Dancing 11:45am
Lunch 12:30pm


REVISED Timetable for Yom Kipur 2016

TUESDAY October 11th
Yom Kipur
Candles/Fast Begins 6:03 pm
Kol Nidrei 6:30pm

WEDNESDAY October 12th
Yom Kipur
Shacharit 9:30 am
Torah 10:45 am
Musaf 11:45 am
Sermon 12:45 pm
Mincha 4:00 pm
Neila 5:30 pm
Fast ends 6:55 pm

Please remember not to bring cell phones to the synagogue and to respect the atmosphere for those who wish to pray and mediate. If you want to talk, please do so outside the sanctuary. And please ask your children play outside and not disturb those praying. Thank You.

Shabbat Vayeylech, Shabbat Shuvah

Candles Friday 7th October 6:09pm
Havdalah 8th 7:01pm

The Shabbat in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipur is always called Shabbat Shuva, the Shabbat of Repentance. In medieval and early modernity together with Shabbat Hagadol, the Shabbat before Pesach, these were the only times the rabbi of a community would give a public sermon. Otherwise the rabbi was a scholar you interacted with to study or to help you solve your problems. Before Pesach he spoke about the laws of Pesach and on Shabbat Shuva he talked about the importance of repentance.

Now you might wonder why we need to talk so much about repentance? Selihot during Ellul, Rosh Hashanah, the Ten Days of Repentance and Yom Kipur. Why in addition do we need a special Shabbat? Some might argue we are such sinners that we need this and more. Besides for all the days we talk about repenting, very few sinners actually seem to repent at all.

The Torah actually never talks about repentance, Teshuvah, in the way we use it today. It uses it only in terms of returning to God and indeed of God returning to us. And even on Yom Kipur the Torah only talks about Kapara, atonement. Not Teshuvah. And we know that atonement is different in that it requires one repaying the loss or damage one has done to other humans and asking for their forgiveness. Kapara therefore is transactional. Teshuvah on the other hand, seems emotional, spiritual, getting closer to someone, to God. And Teshuvah can apply to a whole nation, a whole people. It is a different phenomenon to Kapara. It is one that should be with us permanently, every day, week and month.

Teshuvah, as we use the word now, was a rabbinic innovation, an attempt to say to people that just as it is important to relate to humans , so we must try to relate to God or to Torah or to the Jewish people. Of course that is implicit in the Torah. But given the long history of Jews abandoning Torah and the Jewish people, the rabbis of the Talmudic era obviously thought it important to try to emphasize the positive aspect of Teshuvah. Not just to atone for mistakes. But to create a more positive relationship. And that, as we know takes time, whether with people or an ideal; every day, Shabbat, as well as Festivals.