Selichot- September 8, 2012
On a Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah, we begin to recite the prayers of repentance. The Selichot service is the only Jewish worship experience which takes place in the middle of the night. To emphasize the holiness of the moment and the humility with which we approach God, we do not use the electric lights to illuminate the sanctuary. Rather, we conduct the service by candlelight. The service is an overture for the High Holiday liturgy. We say and sing the words and melodies which form the prayers of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
The evening begins at 9:30 PM with Havdalah followed by the study program. Come have a nosh as we discuss and explore this years’ Selichot study session. We will be watching excerpts from the Woody Allen movie “Crimes and Misdemeanors.” We will be exploring the nature Teshuvah (repentance)and how it applies to our lives. We will focus on the knowledge that we can transform our lives by becoming aware of our behavior and changing it. Prior knowledge of the movie is helpful but not necessary. Rabbi Cosnowsky and Rabbi Bob will usher in the High Holiday season with our traditional study session, we will share a social hour, followed by a candle lit service and hearing the first sound of the Shofar blowing. Don't miss this exciting opportunity for self reflection and community study while we begin the 5773 High Holiday season.