TTT: Shabbat v`Yom Kippur 5772

October 4th, 2011 by admin | Filed under TTT.

Torah Thoughts for Today
Yom Kippur v`Shabbat
Rabbi Mark Mallach
Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael, Springfield, NJ
Thursday, October 6th, 7:45 PM – Karen & Ilaina Levine have the Yahrzeit of their husband & father, respectively
If you would like to give a Dvar Torah, the following dates are available, please let me know:
Friday, October 21 – 8 PM service
Friday, October 28 – 8 PM service
Saturday, October 29 – 9:30 AM service

Kristalnacht Commemoration:
Sunday, November 6 @ 11 am
Temple Beth Ahm Israel Sanctuary

Speaker: Daniel A. McMillan, JD, PhD
Author of: How Could This Happen? An Explanation of the Holocaust

What did the German people know about the Holocaust while it was happening? How did they react to whatever knowledge they gained? To the extent that they knew, could they have done anything to stop it? How is it relative to what is going on now? These and other questions will be addressed by Dr. McMillan, especially in light of current events.


Yom Kippur v`Shabbat
October 8, 2011 – 10 Tishrei 5772

The Ashamnu (from the Harlow Mahzor)
An interpretive rendition of the Vidui, the Public confessional:

We abuse, we betray, we are cruel. We destroy, we embitter, we falsify. We gossip, we hate, we insult. We jeer, we kill, we lie. We mock, we neglect. We oppress. We pervert, we quarrel, we rebel. We steal, we transgress, we are unkind. We are violent, we are wicked, we are xenophobic. We yield to evil, we are zealots for bad causes.

The Vidui is recited 10 times over the course of Yom Kippur, 10 times we rise and beat our chests, and 10 times we seek public forgiveness as a community for the Alef-Bet list of our sins.

Thus, is the public confessional recited over the course of Yom Kippur. However, as our sages have always taught, our recitation of the Vidui does not grant expiation of our sins committed against our fellow human beings; for those, we must first seek their forgiveness before turning to God.

I turn to all of you to ask of your forgiveness if I have wronged, harmed, insulted, or not given you the proper attention to your needs over the past year either knowingly or unknowingly – I have sinned, please forgive me.

Gamar Hatima Tova,
Rabbi Mark Mallach


A. Thursday, October 6, 8 PM: Coffee & Clergy Corner – Springfield Barnes & Noble: Rabbi Mallach & Reverend David Knecht, Holy Cross Lutheran Church – will lead a topical discussion on issues that we all face – OPEN TO ALL – this is the inaugural evening for this event

B. Saturday, October 15, 9:30 AM: The Kiddush Luncheon will be sponsored this Shabbat by Kate Stern in commemoration of the 1st Yahrzeit of her husband, Martin, may his memory be for a blessing

There have been inquiries about the next potential congregation Israel tour, such an event depends on several factors:
1. Currently exploring departure dates for the end of June, 2012
2. Having a nucleus of participants to make it viable – 20 adult minimum
3. Having a chairman to organize
If anyone is interested, please let me know and we can discuss the possibilities (NOTE: HAVE GOTTEN MANY RESPONSES, INTEREST IS CLEARLY GROWING…)

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