High Holy Days at Chavurah Beth Shalom

Chavurah Beth Shalom Yom Kippur ServiceRosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur — days of sweetness and atonement – are the culmination of a month-long process of coming back to God. During the High Holidays, we embrace the study and beauty of the Torah and rejoice with prayer and song.

2019 / 5780 HIGH HOLY DAYS INFORMATION

We are pleased to announce that our 2019 High Holy Days Services will be held at the Clinton Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 145 Dean Drive, Tenafly, NJ. 07670 on the following dates and times:

Sunday, September 29, 2019:  Clinton Inn & Conference Center
Erev Rosh Hashanah, 7:30 pm
Monday, September 30, 2019:  Clinton Inn & Conference Center
Rosh Hashanah, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Children’s Services, 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Tuesday, October 1, 2019:  Alpine, NJ. Community House
Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day, 10:30 am
Tuesday, October 8, 2019:     Clinton Inn & Conference Center
Kol Nidre – Erev Yom Kippur, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, October 9, 2019:  Clinton Inn & Conference Center
Yom Kippur Morning Service, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Children’s Service: 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Afternoon & Yizkor Service : 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

We request that you send in your ticket requests early. Your membership dues include tickets for you and your children through college age.

For more information, contact the Chavurah at 201.567.7806 or email ChavurahBethShalom@gmail.com or see our home page under what’s new for all of our High Holy Day information.

Rosh HaShanah History
The origin of Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year, is Biblical (Lev. 23:23-25): “a sacred occasion commemorated with loud blasts (of the Shofar, the ram’s horn).” The Bible refers to the holiday as Yom Teruah.
(the day of the sounding of the Shofar) and Yom Zikaron Teruah (the day of remembering the sounding of the Shofar).

In Talmudic times, Rosh HaShanah became a celebration of the anniversary of the world’s creation and a day of self-examination, repentance and judgment. While the day was called Yom HaZikaron (Day of Remembrance) and Yom HaDin (Judgment Day), the name Rosh HaShanah (Head of the Year) was first used in the Mishnah has become the most prevalent.

Rosh HaShanah is both a solemn and happy day.
It is a time for introspection, asking for forgiveness, giving forgiveness, resolving to do better, remembering God is our King and Judge, and praying for a healthy and happy year to come. We are solemn in our repentance, but happy in our confidence that God is merciful and good.

Yom Kippur History
Repentance (Teshuva) is the theme of Yom Kippur.
While our sins alienate us from God, our repentance reconciles us with God.
On Yom Kippur, we ask for God to forgive us for our sins.

The first Yom Kippur occurred when Moses descended Mount Sinai with the second set of Tablets, a symbol of the renegotiated covenant between God and the Jewish People.
The Israelites alienated God by worshiping the golden calf. Moses ascended Mount Sinai to ask God for forgiveness. The Israelites repented by fasting during the day while Moses was on the mountain. On the tenth day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei (Yom Kippur), Moses descended Mount Sinai with the second Tablets.

God decreed the tenth day of the month of Tishrei as a day of atonement:

“Let it be a statute for you forever: in the seventh month, on the tenth of the month, you shall starve your vital energies and do no manner of work…. For on this day it shall bring atonement upon you, to purify you, before God shall you become pure of all your aberrations.” (Vayikra/Leviticus 16: 29-30)
Just as the Israelites alienated God with their unfaithful behavior, some of our behavior during the year has also alienated us from God.
Just as the Israelites repented for their sins, we also repent for our sins.
Praying and fasting enables us to envision the divine image that lives in each of us.
Just as God forgave the Israelites on the tenth of Tishrei, it is our hope that God will forgive us on Yom Kippur.

The Significance of Passover

As we follow our Chavurah‘s Haggadah at the Seder table, it clearly says several times that we celebrate Pesach “because of what God did for me when I came out of Egypt”. Egypt, “Mitzrayim” is a metaphor for our own lives.

Does each one of us have his or her own Egypt?

What is the personal bondage we each feel in real life ?  

Can we be delivered from it ?

The Passover story describes three kinds of slavery:

  1. Physical slavery, actual physical captivity and the suffering caused by oppressors.
  2. Second is psychological slavery. The Israelites were made dependant upon the whims of others causing fear and desire.
  3. The third is spiritual slavery which is ignorance of our status as human beings because of self-deception and self-forgetfulness.

How many of us are still in Mitzrayim ?

How many of us are still in Egypt ?

How many of us are addicted to behaviors we do not control but control us?

How many of us would like to stop smoking or drinking or over eating or living too sedentary a life?

Aren’t these forms of slavery?  

How many of us are emotional or spiritual slaves dominated  by thoughts, desires and will power which are imposed by someone else in our lives?

The ultimate significance of the Passover Seder is to encourage the liberation of all of us philosophically, psychologically and spiritually in every generation.

Rabbi Nat Benjamin

 

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Shabbat at Chavurah Beth Shalom

Rabbi Nat BenjaminPlease join Cantor Janine Schwarz and me for Morning Shabbat Service at 10:30 am in Alpine tomorrow, December 8th .  Following service we will host a Torah Discussion as part of our Judaic Studies Adult Education program and I welcome all to join us for coffee and a light brunch. Members, their guests and friends are welcome.

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Chavurah Beth Shalom ChanukahI would also like to take a moment to wish all of our friends and families and Happy Chanukah.

 

 

If you would like additional information about this event as well as future events and programs of Chavurah Beth Shalom, please let us know below:

 

Candle Lighting At Our Chavurah Beth Shalom Today, December 5th

Rabbi Nat BenjmainOur Religious School students will have their Chanukah celebration this afternoon in Alpine beginning at 3:45 pm.
We invite all of our membership to join us for this special day to light the candles and sing the blessings with Rabbi Nat Benjamin, Cantor Janine Schwarz, Religious School Director, Barbara Schneider and our students.
Happy Chanukah from our Chavurah Beth Shalom family to all of our members and friends.

Rabbi Nat Benajmin

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Rabbi Nat Benjamin