“It is good to give thanks to God, and to sing praises to Thy Name, 0 Most High”

With these words, the prayers and services for the Jewish New Year will open, on Friday night.

September 18, these words will usher in year 5716 of the Jewish calendar, and in the original Hebrew, this text emphasizes the letters Toff, Shin, Teth, Zayin of the Hebrew alphabet by which the year 5716 will be indicated In enumeration.

The ninety-second psalm serves then as an apt keynote for the year ahead. It is a psalm of trust and confidence. Thought is turned from the disquieting and tragic to the spiritual At best, the reign of evil Is short-lived It acknowledges that peril and evil and uncertainty are always imminent, but holds that the sway of evil is temporary The temporary triumph of untoward person or circumstance should be (in the meaning of this psalm) the very opportunity to rediscover the faithfulness of God, which is even more than His mercies. “To be fat and flourishing” means really to be full of health and also of vigor, to make the fullest use of that good health.

Year 5716 of the Jewish calendar will open Friday night with services in the Norwood Hebrew Congregation, 935 Washington Street at 7:45 p.m. with Rabbi David B. Alpert conducting the services and Stuart Danovich as cantorial soloist in traditional settings to the prayers.

The services will continue on Saturday and Sunday, according to an announcement from Malcolm Orent, president of the congregation.

The Jewish years, in their enumeration, cover the recorded period of mankind’s history upon the face of the earth In traditional language, the Jewish year begins its count from the Garden of Eden and the creation of man.

Alone among all the calendars of mankind, the Jewish calendar is based both upon the sun and moon. In the necessary observations’ and calculations in the preparation of the calendar, the Jewish students base their readings and computations upon both the moon and the sun.

Thus, the first day of every Jewish month comes with the new moon. And on the fifteenth day of every month on the Jewish calendar, there is a full moon.

These services mark the thirtieth anniversary of the present structure of the Norwood Hebrew Congregation, although its history extends further back The anniversary sermon by Rabbi Alpert will be preached Friday night, September 16, at 7 45 p..n., at the opening of the New Year services.

Religious School training commences on September 19th and registration is now invited Mr. Herbert S. Taube or Mrs. Jordon F. Kauffman of Norwood should be contacted for information regarding religious school activities.



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