Selichot- August 31, 2013 9:30 PM
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 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. Professor Lynn Cohick of Wheaton College and Rabbi
Steven Bob will discuss sin and forgiveness in Judaism and Christianity. Professor Cohick describes the focus of her academic
work, “I am interested in how average Jews and Christians lived out their faith
in the ancient settings of Hellenism and the Roman Empire, as well as how Jews
and Christians today can better appreciate and understand each other.”
Professor Cohick, who earned her Ph. D. at the University of Pennsylvania, is
the author of four books and numerous articles. She is lively speaker and an
engaging teacher. 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 5774 High Holiday season.