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High Holy Days 5777

ketivah v’hatimah tovah May you be written and sealed for a good year   MEMBERS: For our schedule of holidays services, click HERE. RSVP HERE with the number of family members and the services you will be attending. NON-MEMBERS: We are able to welcome you the following services: Rosh Hashanah Family Services – FULL October 3rd at 1:00 pm We are no longer taking reservations for this service. Tashlikh at Sellwood Waterfront Park October 3rd at 3:00 pm RSVP HERE Yom Kippur Family Services October 12th at 1:00 pm RSVP HERE Yom Kippur Afternoon and Break the Fast October 12th – Kirtan (Musaf) Service @ 3:00pm RSVP HERE

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Shabbat Ki Tavo: What Kind of Jew Are You?

This week’s parashah begins with a rare example of actual prayer formula in ancient Israel. Most of the time, “prayer”, that is, seeking to communicate with G-d, was expressed in a non-verbal form, that of sacrifice. A close look at the book VaYikra (Leviticus) will demonstrate the truth my former teacher taught in his book The Sanctuary of Silence: the kohanim did not recite words when they brought the prescribed sacrifices, and neither did the Israelites who brought them. This is different, and it’s worth considering why. Here’s how the parashat hashavua starts: It shall be that when you come into the land which G-d is giving you as an inheritance, and you possess it and dwell there, you shall take the first of all your fruit of the earth that you have been given by G-d, and you shall put it in a basket. Bring it to the place that G-d […]

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