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To those who are Jewish like me, may you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for a good and sweet year. May the weather be not oppressively hot or cold (especially HOT). May your fast be easy and fast, and Next Year in Jerusalem!


With Yom Kippur over, I can now talk about the holy days. I went to the synagogue I've attended now for the last number of years, Shaarei Shamayim near Emory University. I go there because services are similar to what I remember growing up in the New York suburbs back in the 1960's. The one thing that surprised me this year is that attendance seemed to be WAY down. On the second day of Rosh Hashanah, less seats were set up for people to pray in, and even with that, the room was not even half full. To me, this is troubling. This morning at Yom Kippur shacharis services, one of the people who leads prayer during the services had said that the membership numbers had increased. To me, that would be good news, but even at Ne'ilah services this evening, the sanctuary was half empty. It used to be SRO for these services.

As in the past, the family of a boy who was born (according to the Jewish calendar) on Yom Kippur in 1997 hosted the breaking of the fast. It's always a delicious spread, and I have begun to enjoy myself over the last 3 years. I talked to the young man, who ended up blowing the shofar tonight to close services. When the rabbi called for "t'kiah g'dolah," this youngster made it last over 20 seconds. That's not bad. After havdalah, I went up to him and asked him, "What horn do you play?," figuring he was a brass instrumentalist. He told me "tenor sax," to which I said, but the emborchure is all wrong. However, I'm not complaining. He did a good job.

L'shanah ha'ba'ah b'yerushalayim hab'nuyah!

Yom Kippur 5772

Allow me to link to my post from last year so you get an idea of what I'm talking about: here. Well, the situation was the same this year. There were more people at services on Rosh Hashanah and even Yom Kippur this morning (I'm now guessing it's because of Yizkor, the memorial service) than there were for Mincha and Ne'ilah tonight, which is when the Book of Life and the Gates of Heaven are sealed for the year.

I talked to the mother of the boy who's Jewish date of birth is Yom Kippur (because I saw that his birthday cake this year - YUMMY! said "14" on it) what they did for the boy's Bar Mitzvah, because it would have happened last year. It turns out they scheduled his Bar Mitzvah for 2 weeks post Yom Kippur, which meant it fell on, if not close to, Simchas Torah, which would make for quite the party atmosphere for a Bar Mitzvah.

I also talked to the beadle of the congregation and found out the reason the new building has not even begun to be built (there's a cement slab laid for the foundation and that's it) is "it's the economy, stupid." I'm sad to hear that.

Oh, and the weather was in the 60's (or maybe the low 70's), which is the first time I can remember where it wasn't hot as anything.

So, how'd it go for you?


To all my Jewish friends, acquaintances and followers:

May the New Year be a good and sweet one for you. May you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for a good and sweet year. May the weather for your services not be oppressive. May your fast on Yom Kippur be easy and fast. And may the New Year bring us a year of peace.

Rosh Hashanah 5771

To all of you who are Jewish like me, may you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for a good and sweet year, may you have an easy and fast fast, and may the weather be not as oppressive as it usually is.
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