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Shabbat Shemini Atzeret/ Simchat Torah/ Breishit

Candle Lighting time 6:52 PM

On Simchat Torah we finish the last verses of the Torah in the book of Deuteronomy and begin immediately reading the first verses of the book of Genesis. Now is a wonderful time for your study of Torah. Profitable Torah study involves more than just opening to a chapter and reading what’s there. Here are seven guidelines to help you make the most of your study of the Torah.


1.   Set aside a regular time. Unless you schedule it, you’ll neglect it. (My Tuesday morning and the weekly Torah portion class will begin in November). Let me know that you will be joining us on our journey through the Torah.


2.   Torah study is a mitzvah. Before you start studying, recite the blessing “Praised are you Adonai our God who rules the universe, instilling in us the holiness of mitzvot by commanding us to study the words of Torah.”


3.   Carefully think about what you are reading. Not all of the Torah’s treasures lie like pebbles on the surface. To mine the gold, you have to dig.


4.   Seek to understand what the author was saying to the first people who read the before you decide how to apply it today.


5.   Write down at least one truth or principle you learned and perhaps what you can put inti practice.


6.   Try different translations and commentaries of the Torah. New perspectives will open up themselves to you and make familiar stories and verses come alive in ways you never dreamed before.


7.   Don’t get discouraged. Some parts of the Torah are more interesting than others, and some you may not understand at all. But there’s enough that you can understand, and it will revolutionize your life if you apply it.


Shabbat Shalom and Chag Samayach,

Rabbi Greene


Please help us make a minyan Friday night. Email me or call the office and let us know that we can count on you.


Don't forget that we have our annual Sukkot renewal service. This service begins at 10 AM and feel free to wear comfortable clothes.


Service Schedule

Friday night 7:00 p.m.
Shabbat 9:30 a.m.


Save the Date!

Erev Shabbat, Hol Hamoed, October 18

Candle lighting time                        6:00 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat services           7:00 PM


Shabbat, Hol Hamoed, October 19

Creative Sukkot service 10:00 AM


Erev Shemini Atzeret, Sunday, October 20

Candle lighting time                        5:55 PM


Shemini Atzeret, Monday, October 21

Shacharit                                             9:30 AM

Yizkor approximately                      11:00 AM

Candle lighting time            after  6:55 PM

Ma’ariv and Simchat Torah

Hakafot                                                                7:00 PM


Simchat Torah, Tuesday, October 22

Shacharit                                             9:30 AM

Sit down Cholent Kiddush follows services!


Don't forget to sign up for the sisterhood sukkah dinner Sunday afternoon October 20 at 1 PM



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