The Norwood Jewish Community will usher in Rosh Hashana, the holiday celebrating the beginning of a new year, on Sunday evening, September 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Temple Shaare Tefilah, 935 Washington Street.
The observance will continue Monday and Tuesday, September 11 and 12, marking the start of the Jewish Traditional year 5722.
Services will be under the direction of Rabbi David P Prince, spiritual leader of Temple Shaare Tefilah Prayers will be chanted by Cantor Arthur Sugarman.
On Monday and Tuesday services will be held at 9 00 A.M and Monday evening services will be held at 6 30 P M.
During Rosh Hashana, days of holy convocation. Jews all over the world gather in their places of worship and pray for universal peace and true brotherhood. It is also called “Day of Remembrance ” It is the day of the sounding of the Shofar (ram’s horn) and therefore Roshana is also known as the day of the blowing of the Shofar.
Whereas the Shofar was sounded on many occasions, such as celebration of the New Moon, festivals, a special series of musical notes was set aside for Rosh Hashana The sounding of the Shofar on New Year’s served to arouse the people to their spiritual shortcomings, to make them realize that another year had passed and a new year was approaching. It. cautioned them to remember their duties to God and their fellowmen.
Rabbi Prince explains that the Jew does not spend his New Year’s Day in merrymaking and festivity, but welcomes this day in a spirit of awe and reverence. He spends his Rosh Hashana quietly, considering it a day of reckoning with’ God and his fellowmen He solemnly regrets his moral and religious conduct the past year, repenting and resolving in his heart to let the teachings of the Almighty as contained in His Torah, guide his acts during the coming year.
The Jew believes that Rosh Hashana is a day of Judgment, when the Almighty sits as Judge, so to speak, and un-; folds the records of every person’s life, decreeing the destiny of each person for the year just begun. All the destinies of mankind, individual and national, are recorded in heaven for the New Year in the Book of Life and in the Book of Death.
On Rosh Hashana, the Jew wholeheartedly prays for mercy and forgiveness. He pours out his soul In prayer before his Father in Heaven, convinced that the Almighty Judge, in His mercy and loving kindness, will Inscribe him in the Book of Life, Health and Happiness.
The two da vs of Rosh Hashana are to be strictly observed as a festival. Rabbi Prince points out Alt laws pertaining to other festivals must be observed’ no manual labor is permitted except that whicht is necessary for the preparation of food.
Children’s services will be held at the Temple at 11 00 a m , September 11th and 12th. Services will be led by Mr. Philip Goldman.
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