Rabbi’s Corner

High Holidays

Erev Rosh HaShanah Sermon from Rabbi Borodin:

First Day of Rosh HaShanah Sermon from Rabbi Rose:

 

First Day of Rosh HaShanah Sermon from Rabbi Borodin:

Second Day of Rosh HaShanah Sermon from Rabbi Rose:

Yom Kippur Sermon from Rabbi Borodin
“Purim as a Metaphor for an Upside-Down World”

Yom Kippur Sermon from Rabbi Rose
Rehearsing Death and Affirming Life

Two Darshan Yona from Tamar Libiki
Where do we find the Yom Kippur service in Yonah
Failures and Solutions in the Book of Yonah

 

Learning

 

More resources for Jewish learning can be found here.

Prayer

Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat

Join us for a virtual Kabbalat Shabbat experience on Zoom! We’ll prepare to welcome Shabbat with the melodious Kabbalat Shabbat service (including Mourner’s Kaddish), led by Shira Orzech with backup from the Benedick/Orzech family. If you can, please bring your candlesticks and matches — we’ll conclude with lighting Shabbat candles and then wishing each other Shabbat Shalom while admiring the flickering flames. You’re welcome to bring a siddur, too, but we’ll also have the words of the siddur available on screen. Contact Rabbi Rose for the Zoom link.

In-person Shabbat morning services

To read about our COVID-19 precautions and to register, click here.

Siddurim on Sale

We’re happy to share that the Rabbinical Assembly is having a sale on Siddurim and Chumashim, including the ones that we use at Beth Shalom.  They can be purchased here.

A Prayer in place of Kaddish

From Siddur Kol Koreh

From a halakhic perspective, the mitzvah of preserving life supersedes the mitzvah of reciting kaddish as a mourner or in commemoration of a yahrtzeit.  Yet the fact that the technical requirement is overridden does not provide the emotional or spiritual fulfillment that many people receive by reciting kaddish in the presence of community.  To help fill that gap, here is a Kaddish LeYachid, a kaddish prayer for an individual to recite alone, without a minyan.  It is attributed to Rav Amram Gaon (a 9th century Babylonian sage).

Livestreamed Options

https://bethshalomseattle.org/livestreaming/  Directions for livestreaming

The link for streaming services is: https://venue.streamspot.com/d893b06f

You can find a schedule of services that will be streamed in our High Holiday packet here:  https://bethshalomseattle.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/HH-for-website-1.pdf

To differentiate between Shabbat (or Yom Tov) and weekday use of your device, we have prepared a keyboard cover that you can print and use as a reminder not to manipulate your device.
https://bethshalomseattle.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Keyboard-Cover-Shabbat-and-Yom-Tov.pdf

 

Celebration

Here are just a few suggestions of ways to bring a sense of joy and celebration to Shabbat while we’re physically separated:
  • Sing joyful songs at the Shabbat table
  • Read a good book
  • Take a walk (and look for the beautiful flowers that are beginning to blossom!)
  • Invite a few guests, to the extent that you feel comfortable
  • Play a game
  • Take a nap

Connection to Community

  • As you prepare for Shabbat, you might consider cooking and freezing some extra food that you can deliver to someone who may need it later.
  • Please check in on your friends and neighbors, especially those who are at higher risk.  In addition to concrete needs, many people are feeling the emotional effects of being socially isolated- even just a phone call to say hello and Shabbat Shalom goes a long way.
  • If you are experiencing acute financial difficulty as a result of the current situation, please reach out to Rabbi Rose or Carol Benedick. King County Council has also produced a helpful list of resources.
  • As always, your rabbis are here for lifecycle emergencies and pastoral care.  If you need support, or are concerned about other members of the community, please do not hesitate to contact Rabbi Rose.

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