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Edmond J. Safra Synagogue & Joseph S. Jemal Synagogue

 

YOM KIPPUR SCHEDULE

 

5779 - Yom Kippur Prayer Schedule - 2018

Tuesday, September 18th Ereb Kippur

Selihot ……………….……….….6:15 A.M.

Shahrit……….………………..….7:00 A.M.

Light Memorial candles all afternoon after 1:00 pm in Safra Synagogue.

Minha with Tallet & Tefilin...............3:00 P.M.

Minha - 2nd Minyan...........................3:30 P.M.

Stop Eating & Candle lighting........6:41 P.M.

Services begin……………...…..……6:50 P.M.

All men should wear their tallet before Sunset (6:58 P.M.), with a beracha

Wednesday, September 19th Kippur Day

Shahrit..............................…............8:00 A.M.

Torah Reading....................……....11:00 A.M.

Musaf................................................12:45 P.M.

Minha.......................................….....3:45 P.M.

Neila...................................................6:00 P.M.

Kohanim / Hand Washing...........…...6:55 P.M.

Blowing the Shofar and Arbit.............7:18 P.M.

Fast Ends & Bircat Halebana..........7:38 P.M.

The Secret to Forgiveness

While it is relatively easy to say the words “I forgive you” it is so much harder to internally forgive and let go.

Can I really let go of the pain and suffering they had caused me? What is the secret to forgiveness?

The key to forgiveness lies in the ability to identify people with their inner beauty and virtue. It lies in understanding that people hurt because they are hurting. It lies in recognizing that although actions can be terrible and inexcusable, the perpetrators of such actions are not to be forever defined by their mistakes.

Instead they are to be appreciated for who they really are: a beautiful human being created in the image of G-d with unique virtues and qualities.

Of course this does not mean that all actions are excusable! G-d forbid.

But it does mean that, save for few exceptions, a place of understanding and forgiveness can almost certainly be found.

We need to start looking past actions and instead, into the essence of people. We need to ask ourselves: what can I see in this person that is beautiful? What can I see in this person that is pure? What can I see in this person that is Godly? How can I perceive that what this person did to me was not necessarily a reflection of who he really is?

It is only when we explore and seek out answers to these questions that we will have truly begun walking down the path of forgiveness.

As we come to Yom Kippur, a time when we seek forgiveness from G-d, we should remember that the surest way to securing that forgiveness is by sincerely letting go and forgiving others.

If we look past their outer deficiencies and wrongdoings, instead focusing on the inner beauty and qualities of our brothers and sisters, G-d will surely do the same for us.

May we have the wisdom and courage to sincerely forgive and may we be forgiven by G-d in return.

Reminders Before Yom Kippur

Kaparot - It is customary to take money or a live chicken and turn it around one's head prior to Yom Kippur. If money is used it should go to charity.

Ereb Yom Kippur - Just as it is a misvah to fast on Yom Kippur, it is also a misvah to eat the day before Yom Kippur. We will have minhah prayers at 3:00 & 3:30 p.m. with Tallet and Tefillin.

Memorial lights will be available at the synagogue for a donation of $3.

We will then go home and have our last meal before the fast.

 

Candle lighting is at 6:41 PM. One should not eat or work after that time. All men should put on their Tallet with a berachah. Prayers begin at 6:50 p.m. (Sundown – 6:58 pm.) One may NOT drive to shul or do any other work after this time.

 

 

Fri, September 21 2018 12 Tishrei 5779