With a heavy heart we closed our doors last week and suspended all in person services upon the announcement of a level 4 lockdown in Auckland. It looks likely that the High Holidays will be spent in solitude, and large inspiring gatherings at Shul or at Rosh Hashanah dinners will be impossible. However, the new year has not been cancelled! Apples and honey have not been cancelled, creating an inspiring and uplifting Rosh Hashanah at home has not been cancelled! This Yom Tov might look different, but we can create a beautiful yom tov atmosphere at home for our families.
The start of the Days of Awe begins this Saturday night, when people gather in Shuls worldwide in the wee hours of the morning, to begin reciting Selichos. What are Selichos? Selichot (alt. Selichos) n. communal prayers for Divine forgiveness, said during the High Holiday season or on Jewish fast days. Selichos are recited every morning thereafter in the run up to Rosh Hashanah. The actual Selichot are a collage of Torah verses and poetically written Hebrew works in which we ask G‑d to forgive us on a personal and communal level. An oft-repeated phrase is the “13 Attributes of Mercy,” which G‑d revealed to Moses at Sinai as the key to forgiveness. This is the core of the entire service, and since it is considered a communal prayer, you may say this line only when praying with a congregation. (When praying alone, some also omit the Aramaic paragraphs toward the end of the service, unless they are reading a translation, in which case all agree that they may be said.)
Contact the Rabbi directly to join him on ZOOM for Selichos at 12:20AM this Motzei Shabbat.
Until the lockdown eases the following are the only services the Chabad House is currently continuing:
Sunday 10:00 – 11:00AM Hebrew School ZOOM for Kitah Beis and Kitah Gimmel – davening, learning about the upcoming holidays, and Hebrew Reading with Morah Esther
Sunday 10:30 – 11:00AM Hebrew School ZOOM for Kitah Alef – davening, songs, and crafting the letter of the week with Morah Hayley!
Monday 7:00-8:00PM Rabbi’s Shiur ZOOM – JLI course session 4: Moshiach
Wednesday 7:00-8:00PM Rosh Chodesh Society ZOOM – a women’s class for the upcoming new month of Tishrei
Friday 3:00-5:00PM Contactless pickup for your Shabbos essentials – freshly baked challahs, kosher wine and grape juice. Reservation only, call or text to arrange a pickup.
Shabbat Times for This Week
Candle Lighting 5:38PM
Shabbat Ends 6:36PM
Mazel Tovs & Yartzeits
Happy birthday to Lee Berman!
Happy birthday to Gilad Raisun!
Happy birthday to Laura & Anna Nementzik!
Happy birthday to our dearest Rebbetzin, we wish you a long and happy life!
We wish long life to Gerald Cohen on the yartzeit of his father.
We wish long life to Brandon Nementzik on the yartzeit of his father.
We wish long life to Maxine Pitch on the untimely passing of her sister and brother in law (Manchester UK)
To read about Parshat Ki Tavo click here
Wishing you a Good Shabbos, and we hope to see you again soon!
Rabbi Mendel & Esther Hecht