- We were delighted to welcome Cantor Magda Fishman to our bima this Rosh Hashanah for her first High Holiday services here. She brought a special energy and passion to our prayers. Assisted by Beth Styles and our choir, the music has been awe-inspiring. Click here for a sampling of what we've been hearing from Cantor Fishman (Avinu Malkenu and Carlebach's "Return Again"), and what we will hear again on Yom Kippur. Feel free to share these recordings with your friends, and by all means share the excitement that we are all feeling here at TBE! Also, I am positively ecstatic that Beth Styles will be increasing her involvement here, with a special focus on enhancing our Shabbat programming. STAY TUNED for some very exciting news about Shabbat @ TBE over the coming weeks.
- My Rosh Hashanah sermons are now online: Click here for text and audio . And click here for David Daniel Klipper's first night sermon.
- Don't forget to return food bags for Person to Person, and if you can, to help out on Monday as the food is put on the shelves. Did you know that between our Mitzvah garden and CSA collections donations, we have provided over 500 pounds of fresh vegetables to food agencies this year!
- Download this Roundtable on Teshuvah, which we will discuss during the break on Yom Kippur day (note the time: 3:30 PM).
- Click here to see Ari Shavit deliver the Hoffman Memorial Lecture, as recorded by Shalom TV
- Our next TBE Israel Adventure is scheduled for next July, most likely toward the beginning of the month. Click here to see itinerary and other information (based on a late July departure) - there will be slight modifications if we move the trip to a July 6 departure. Please let me know if you have any interest. We'd love for you and your to family join us!
- iBless: At the end of services on Yom Kippur, when the final shofar blast is sounded, I will invite people to turn on their cell phones (which should not be on the rest of the day) and call someone who is unable to be at a service, so that that person can hear the shofar. Also, just before that, when we bless the new babies born since last Yom Kippur, those whose children / grandchildren cannot be here are welcome to bring their phones up to the pulpit to show a photo or live image of said baby.
Factors in Repentance
Types of Forgiveness
Attitudes Towards Repentance
Finally, this passage is a reminder that we need to plan our time wisely and prioritize our personal goals for the upcoming year.
Raba said, When one is led in for Judgment he is asked,
1. Did you deal faithfully [i.e., with integrity]?
2. Did you fix times for learning?
3. Did you engage in procreation?
4. Did you hope for salvation?
5. Did you engage in the dialectics of wisdom?
6. Did you understand one thing from another? (B. Shabbat 30b-31a)
To everyone, an easy fast and G'mar Hatima Tova. And if I have caused harm to pain to you in any manner, I ask for your forgiveness.