Religious : : Religious Committee Report

The individual holy days of the current “High Holy Days” season are known by most of us. Chronologically, they begin with Selichot, then Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur, Succos, Shemini Atzeres and Simchas Torah.

Shemini Atzeres is the least understood of these days. In fact, there is uncertainty in Jewish literature as to what the word “atzeres” actually means. Some scholars say it comes from the word “atzar” which means “stop” and it implies that no work should be done on this day because Shemini Atzeres is its own unique holiday. Other experts believe it means “the last day” and suggest it is therefore the eighth and last day of Succos.

In practical terms, Shemini Atzeres is an important day in the Jewish calendar and the Yizkor memorial prayer is included in services. This year Shemini Atzeres is observed on Monday, October 21st. Services begin at 9:30AM and we hope you will join us. (Yizkor will be said at approximately 11:00AM.)

We wish each and every member of our Temple Judea family a hearty Shana Tovah – may you be inscribed in the Book of Life for a healthy, happy and wonderful new year.

We look forward to seeing you at Temple.

L’Shana tovah tikateivu,

Sandy Shapiro and Arnold Miller, Co-Chairs