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Shabbos Parshas Nitzavim – 5775 שבת פרשת ניצבים
This week’s Kiddush is sponsored by the Shul in honor of Shabbos Mevarchim.
Tehillim at 8:00 AM followed by Chassidus.
Shachris at 10:15
Slichos on Sunday Erev Rosh Hashanah 6:00AM, 6:45AM
Shachris on Tzom Gedalia at 6:00AM, 6:30AM and 7:45AM
כתיבה וחתימה טובה
Pirkei Avos Perek 5-6.
Happening this week
Sunday 29 Elul
Tzemach Tzeddek Born (1789)
The third Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn of Lubavitch (1789-1866), was born on the 29th of Elul. Orphaned from his mother at age 3, he was raised by his maternal grandfather, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi. Rabbi Menachem Mendel assumed the leadership of Chabad in 1827, upon the passing of his father-in-law and uncle, Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch. Extremely active in communal affairs, he established and funded Jewish farming colonies which provided a livelihood for thousands of families. He also stood at the forefront of the battle against the “Enlightenment Movement” which, with the support of the Czarist regime, sought to destroy traditional Jewish life — a battle which earned him no less than 22 (!) imprisonments and arrests. In the course of his lifetime, Rabbi Menachem Mendel penned more than 48,000 pages of Chassidic teachings and Halachic exegesis. He is known as the “Tzemach Tzeddek” (“a sprouting of righteousness”) after his work of Halachic responsa by
Today is the last day of the Jewish year, and a day of preparation for Rosh Hashanah (“Head of the Year”) which commences this evening.
A more lengthy version of the Selichot (“supplication”) prayers are recited in the early morning hours, before the morning prayers.
Tachnun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are omitted.
No Shofar Today
The Shofar is not sounded on the day before Rosh Hashanah, to separate between the shofar soundings of the month of Elul (which are a minhag, or “custom”) and the Rosh Hashanah soundings, which are a biblically ordained mitzvah, divine commandment).
Annulment of Vows
Following the morning services, Hatarat Nedarim, the annulment of vows, is performed (the text for this procedure is found in most prayer books).
Visiting the Cemetery
It is customary visit the the graves of the righteous on this day and pray there, as the resting place of a righteous person is an opportune place to beseech the Almighty.
Rosh Hashanah Begins Tonight
The festival of Rosh Hashanah, marking the start of a new Jewish year, begins this evening at sunset.
Upon the conclusion of the evening prayers in the synagogue, we extend to one another greetings of Leshana Tovah Tekatev Vitechatem, “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.” In the evening meal, we eat apple dipped in honey, the head of a fish, pomogranates , tzimmes (sweet carrots) and other foods signifying a sweet and successful year.
Monday 1 Tishrei
In the afternoon, the Tashlich prayer service, in which we ask G-d to “cast away our sins in the depths of the sea”, is recited at a body of water (sea, river, lake, pond, etc.) containing fish.
Tuesday 2 Tishrei
Shehecheyanu (New Fruit)
When lighting candles and making kiddush on the eve of the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah, a “new fruit” (i.e., one that has not yet been eaten this season) is placed on the table; the fruit is then eaten after kiddush. This is to enable us to make the Shehecheyanu blessing praising G-d for “granting us life, sustaining us, and bringing us to this season” (because the two days of Rosh Hashanah are regarded as “one long day”, the Shehecheyanu blessing, recited on the festivals by the women when lighting the candles and by the men in kiddush, requires an additional source of rejoicing).
Wednesday 3 Tishrei
Assassination of Gedaliah (423 BCE)
Tishrei 3rd is a fast day mourning the assassination of the Jewish royal Gedaliah ben Achikam, governor of the Land of Israel for a short period following the destruction of the First Temple. Gedaliah’s killing spelled the end of the small remnant of a Jewish community that remained in the Holy Land after the destruction, which fled to Egypt. (According to many opinions, the assassination of Gedaliah actually occurred on Rosh Hashanah, but the commemoration of the event is postponed to the day after the festival).
Fast of Gedaliah
Mourning the killing of Gedaliah, we abstain from food and drink from dawn to nightfall; selichot prayers are included in the morning prayer.
Passing of Rebbetzin Devorah Leah (1792)
Rebbetzin Devorah Leah, daughter of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi and mother of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (the “Tzemach Tzedek”), passed away on this date just three days after her young son’s third birthday.
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