Friday, September 8, 2017

What to Expect at the High Holidays

from the pages of Kadima, the newsletter of Congregation Adas Emuno:

From the desk of …                    
 Rabbi Barry Schwartz


Even though most of us have attended many a High Holiday service over the years, it doesn’t mean that we have the big picture of “what-happens-when” during the Days of Awe.

Here’s a little schematic that lists highlights of each service:

Rosh Hashanah Eve
  • Introducing the High Holiday’s distinctive melodies and prayers.
  • Rabbi offers Davar Torah on one of the key Holiday prayers.

Rosh Hashanah Morning
  • Full service, Torah reading (Genesis), and sounding of the Shofar.
  • Rabbi offers sermon on contemporary theme.

Rosh Hashanah Afternoon
  • Children’s Service with lively music, storytelling, shofar.
  • Tashlich (“Casting Away”) ceremony at New Overpeck Park.

Yom Kippur Evening
  • Instrumental (cello) and vocal rendition of the Kol Nidrei.
  • Rabbi offers sermon on spiritual theme.

Yom Kippur Morning
  • Full service, Torah Reading (Deuteronomy) and Haftarah (Isaiah), and annual appeal.
  • Rabbi offers sermon on contemporary or spiritual theme.

Yom Kippur Afternoon
  • Children’s Service with lively music, storytelling, shofar.
  • Afternoon service with Torah reading (Leviticus) and Haftarah (Jonah).
  • Yizkor (Memorial Service).
  • Neilah (Concluding Service).
  • Break-the-fast.

We hope you attend early and often. I especially encourage you to bring family or friends that might not ordinarily attend. Consider giving a gift of a ticket to someone you care about. With the participation of our Cantor, our accompanist, our Board, and all our Torah and Haftarah readers and prayer readers... the Holidays are a true family affair. We welcome you to our family of families! 

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