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Shemini Atzeres - Simchas Torah
Wednesday, September 25
Light Candles at: 6:31 pm
Mincha and Marriv at 6:45
Kiddush in the Sukkah at 7:20
Joining with our brothers and sisters in our Holy Land, Hakafos at 7:40
Thursday, September 26
Join the annual community Simchas Torah celebration.
Grand Kiddush sponsored by Evan and Osnat Feldman
Light Candles after: 7:28 pm
We will be praying Mincha and Maariv at 6:45pm.
Immediately following Maariv, we will have a grand kiddush with lots to eat and DRINK! Following kiddish we will be dancing the Hakafot ON PROSPECT AVENUE (thank you NYPD).
Procedure for Yom Tov Candle Lighting:
The procedure for lighting candles on the eve of the holidays is basically the same as the Shabbat candle lighting, except for the following details and blessings (which differ from one festival to another):
• It is permissible to kindle the holiday candles after sundown (except when occurring on the Shabbat), however lighting the candles has to be from a pre-existing flame.
• When lighting on a Friday, light before sunset.
• When lighting on a Saturday evening, the earliest one may light is an hour after sunset.
Blessings for the Festivals:
Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom A-sher Ki-de-sha-nu-Be-mitz-vo-sov Ve-tzi-vo-nu Le-had-lik Ner shel Yom Tov.
Translation: Blessed are you, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the light of the Festival Day.
The Shehechiyonu blessing:
Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom She-he-che-ya-nu Vi-kee-yi-ma-nu Vi-hi-gee-an-u Liz-man Ha-zeh.
Translation: Blessed are you, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has kept us alive and sustained us and let us reach this time.
Friday, September 27
Light Candles at: 6:28 pm
Kabolas Shabbos at: 7:10
Saturday, September 28
Service begins: 10:00 am
Torah reading: 11:00 am
Kiddush: 12:15 pm
The Shabbat after Simchat Torah is Shabbat Bereishit -- "Shabbat of Beginning" -- the first Shabbat of the annual Torah reading cycle, on which the Torah section of Bereishit ("In the Beginning") is read.
The weekly Torah reading is what defines the Jewish week, serving as the guide and point of reference for the week's events, deeds and decisions; Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi called this "living with the times." Hence the theme and tone of this week is one of beginning and renewal, as we launch into yet another cycle of Torah life. The Rebbes of Chabad would say: "As one establishes oneself on Shabbat Bereishit, so goes the rest of the year."
Kiddush sponsorships are available. Celebrate a birthday, anniversary, graduation or mark a loved one's yahrzeit by sponsoring the kiddush.
The old man approached a young stranger in the post office and asked, "Sir, would you address this postcard for me?" The man gladly did so, and then offered to write a short note for the old fellow. Finally the stranger asked, "Now, is there anything else I can do for you?" The old man thought a moment and said, "Yes, at the end could you add - Please excuse the sloppy handwriting."
Parshah In A Nutshell
V’Zot HaBerachah in a Nutshell
and the Sukkot Torah readings (Deut. 33:1–34:12)
The Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret Torah readings are from Leviticus 22-23, Numbers 29, and Deuteronomy 14-16. These readings detail the laws of the moadim or "appointed times" on the Jewish calendar for festive celebration of our bond with G-d; including the mitzvot of dwelling in the sukkah (branch-covered hut) and taking the "Four Kinds" on the festival of Sukkot; the offerings brought in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem on Sukkot, and the obligation to journey to the Holy Temple to "to see and be seen before the face of G-d" on the three annual pilgrimage festivals -- Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot.
On Simchat Torah ("Rejoicing of the Torah") we conclude, and begin anew, the annual Torah-reading cycle. First we read the Torah section of Vezot Haberachah, which recounts the blessings that Moses gave to each of the twelve tribes of Israel before his death. Echoing Jacob's blessings to his twelve sons five generations earlier, Moses assigns and empowers each tribe with its individual role within the community of Israel.
Vezot Haberachah then relates how Moses ascended Mount Nebo from whose summit he saw the Promised Land. "And Moses the servant of G-d died there in the Land of Moab by the mouth of G-d... and no man knows his burial place to this day." The Torah concludes by attesting that "There arose not a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom G-d knew face to face... and in all the mighty hand and the great awesome things which Moses did before the eyes of all Israel."
Immediately after concluding the Torah, we begin it anew by reading the first chapter of Genesis (the beginning of next Shabbat's Torah reading) describing G-d's creation of the world in six days and His ceasing work on the seventh--which He sanctified and blessed as a day of rest.
Bereishit in a Nutshell
G d creates the world in six days. On the first day He makes darkness and light. On the second day He forms the heavens, dividing the “upper waters” from the “lower waters.” On the third day He sets the boundaries of land and sea, and calls forth trees and greenery from the earth. On the fourth day He fixes the position of the sun, moon and stars as timekeepers and illuminators of the earth. Fish, birds and reptiles are created on the fifth day; land animals, and then the human being, on the sixth. G d ceases work on the seventh day, and sanctifies it as a day of rest.
G d forms the human body from the dust of the earth, and blows into his nostrils a “living soul.” Originally Man is a single person, but deciding that “it is not good that man be alone,” G d takes a "side" from the man, forms it into a woman, and marries them to each other.
Adam and Eve are placed in the Garden of Eden, and commanded not to eat from the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.” The serpent persuades Eve to violate the command, and she shares the forbidden fruit with her husband. Because of their sin, it is decreed that man will experience death, returning to the soil from which he was formed, and that all gain will come only through struggle and hardship. Man is banished from the Garden.
Eve gives birth to two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain quarrels with Abel and murders him, and becomes a rootless wanderer. A third son, Seth, is born to Adam; Seth’s eighth-generation descendant, Noah, is the only righteous man in a corrupt world.
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Looking forward to dancing together with you and the Torah on the Streets of Windsor Terrace!!
Have a most joyous Simchas Torah and Shabbos Shalom!!
Rabbi Moshe Hecht