Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,
Shavua tov / a good week to all! Join us this coming Saturday morning for Shabbat morning services where we’ll read from parashat Nitzavim.
And join us this coming Sunday evening, October 2 for Rosh Hashanah evening services. Here’s our high holiday schedule for 5777 [pdf]. (Join us too on Monday October 3 for Rosh Hashanah morning services, and on Tuesday October 4 for a contemplative second day Rosh Hashanah morning service.)
If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, some links follow:
- 2006: In your mouth and in your heart
- 2008: Secrets [Torah poem]
- 2009: Milk [Torah poem]
- 2014: Returning in love
And here’s the URJ’s compilation of commentaries on this week’s Torah portion: Nitzavim at the URJ.
During the month of Elul it’s customary to pray psalm 27 every day. We’ll be singing different excerpts from the psalm over the course of this month and the Days of Awe — the song “Achat Sha’alti,” which we’ve sung here for many years at this season (and here’s a beautiful instrumental version), and also the verse “Lach Amar Libi” to a melody from Nava Tehila, the Jewish Renewal congregation of Jerusalem, which we introduced last year:
Here’s an embedded mp3 of that melody so you can listen to it at home:
And here’s sheet music, for those who find sheet music useful: Psalm 27,Lakh Amar Libi notes [pdf] The words translate to “You [God] called to my heart, saying ‘seek My face;’ Your face, Source of All, is what I seek!”
Many thanks to our shamashim, the members who host our Shabbat services each week. If you would like to join that group, please contact the office.