Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Ki Tetzei – and to Selichot!

Shavua tov — a good new week to you.

Please join us on Saturday at 9:30am for Shabbat services led by Rabbi Pam Wax. This week we’re reading from parashat Ki Tetzei.

And please join us on Saturday at 8pm for Selichot, the service that launches us into the high holiday season. We’ll experience our first tastes of high holiday music for this year (both the nusach, the melody-system, that’s only used during the Days of Awe — and some of our most familiar and beloved high holiday “tunes”). We’ll also have an opportunity to engage in a contemplative writing practice that will attune us to the things we need to work on this year. Afterwards stick around for a potluck dessert reception hosted by the Spiritual Life committee (and please bring a dessert to share if you can.)

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

And here are commentaries from the URJ:

We’ve entered into the month of Elul, the month that leads us to the Days of Awe. It’s traditional to pray the words of Psalm 27 during this month. (There are links to several different versions in this post.) At Shabbat services this month and during the Days of Awe we’ll be singing a new setting of verse 13 of that psalm, which you can listen to here:

(If you can’t see the embedded audio player, you can go directly to the mp3 file here, and you can find sheet music and read more about the setting and the psalm here.)

Blessings to all —

Rabbi Rachel

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