Yom Kippur ("Day of Atonement") is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. In three separate passages, the Torah states, "the tenth day of the seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be a sacred occasion for you: You shall practice self-denial."(Leviticus 23:27). We fulfill this commandment by fasting, which also enables us to put aside our physical desires and to concentrate on our spiritual needs through prayer, repentance and self-improvement. It is customary in the days before Yom Kippur to seek out friends and family whom we have wronged and ask for their forgiveness.
The Shabbat Shuvah ("The Shabbat of Return") Service, occurs on Saturday, October 8, at 10am. Shabbat Shuvah falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and is considered to be a time of reflection leading up to the Day of Atonement.
Rabbi Marshall and Cantor Ellen Dreskin led our 5777 Yom Kippur Services. This year, Rabbi Marshall explored mental illness from a Jewish perspective; how we can be most compassionate to those who suffer as well as those who care-take. A brief afternoon service was targeted toward young children.
Yom Kippur concluded with a Yizkor ("remembrance") Memorial Service; Rabbi Marshall shared a touching and inspiring story about the healing and pain that comes from an act of goodness.
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