High Holy Days at Congregation Beth Shalom

  • Rabbi Glickman's Holiday Letter
  • High Holy Day Service Schedule
  • Guest Ticket Request
  • CBS Youth Service Schedule
  • CBS Childcare Reservations
  • High Holy Day Appeal
  • High Holy Day Honors
  • Senior Transportation
  • Lulav Order

 

 

August 6, 2012
18 Av 5772

Dear Beth Shalom Family,

It is with great pleasure and excitement that Annie, Gavi, Ellie, Dani and I approach this year’s High Holy Day Season. It is both an honor and a pleasure to have joined the Congregation Beth Shalom Family this summer, and we look forward to celebrating the fall holidays with you this year.

My favorite part of the High Holy Day services (like many people) is the blowing of the shofar on Rosh HaShanah. What I love about it, is that its blast rises above all rational understanding. You do not need to know an aleph from a bet, you don’t need to be knowledgeable in Hebrew, you don’t need to be someone who does every single mitzvah to understand the power and significance of the shofar blast. It pierces the air, and connects – like much music – to our inner spirits.

Rambam, the great rabbi from the 11th Century, imagines the shofar as a spiritual alarm clock. It is saying “Wake up you sleepy ones from your sleep … Inspect your deeds… Look to your souls. Improve your ways …”

This is the time of year where we have the chance to look backward, and the time to look forward. To both reflect on the past year’s short-comings, and to plan for this coming year’s high-points.

Our family looks forward to connecting with your family this year of 5773. I hope that the various services, programs and activities that are in this packet, open some doors for connection this coming year.

Annie joins me in wishing you and your loved ones a shanah tovah u’metukah – A Good and Sweet New Year!

Warm wishes to you all at this holy time of year.

Shalom,

David Glickman

Rabbi David M. Glickman