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October 13, 2015 | 30th Tishrei 5776
Rosh HaShanah
Including discussions on
  • Creative Services
  • Erev Rosh HaShanah Services

  1. I'm leading a creative service on Shabbat morning, first day Rosh HaShanah. We've decided to do our creative service on the Shabbat morning and the more traditional service on Sunday morning. The reason—on Shabbat, we don't sing Avinu Malkeinu or blow the shofar. So the theme I've chosen for the creative service is silence. I have materials on silence in the Torah portion (ie. what Sarah, Avraham, Yitzhak, Hagar and Ishmael don't say and what does that mean). Eliza

  2. Interesting idea about silence. I seem to remember a story regarding punishment for the Golden Calf being that the oral law (the "rest of the story") given to Moses at Sinai is in the white spaces between the letters in the Torah ... and we as a people must discern those truths—as important to our holiness as the part we can see. Perhaps the same can be said for the ringing silences between the shofar blasts. An interesting notion ... not to mention the meanings of shofar blasts for the deaf who cannot hear ... or are we all deaf to the meaning, anyway. Tom


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