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Torah and Haftarah Portions for the Month of September 2017

» September 2 - Ki Tetzei (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19 ); Haftarah (Isaiah 54:1-54:10 )
» September 9 - Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8); Haftarah (Isaiah 60:1-60:22)
» September 16 - Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20); Va'yeilekh (Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30); Haftarah (Isaiah 55:6-56:8)
» September 23 - Ha'Azinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-52); Haftarah (II Samuel 22:1-22:51)
» September 30 - Yom Kippur

    Jewish Holidays in September 2017

    Happy Rosh Hashonah 5778!

    » Rosh Hashonah - The Jewish New Year (1 Tishrei/September 21, 2017).  Rosh Hashonah inaugurates a new year and a time for reflection on our actions so that we can correct our course.  The traditional Rosh Hashonah greeting is "L'shana tovah ticotavu" (May you be inscribed for a good year").  The metaphor is that G_d has a ledger book in which it will be written who will live and who will die in the New Year.  For the 10 days between Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), the book remains opened, but it is sealed on the Day of Atonement and one's fate is determined.
    » Fast of Gedaliah (3 Tishrei/September 24, 2015).  Gedaliah was the governor of Judah, appointed by Nebuchadnezzar,  who was assassinated shortly after the fall of the First Temple.   This is considered a minor holiday, observed by a fast that begins at sunrise and ends at sunset on the same day (most Jewish holidays begin the night before; this is an exception).  The details of Gedaliah's assassination are described in 2 Kings 25:25-26 and Jeremiah 41.
    » Yom Kippur - The Day of Atonement (10 Tishrei/September 30, 2015).  Other than the Sabbath, Yom Kippur is the most solemn day on the Jewish calendar.  There is a 24-hour fast initiated by a prayer, Kol Nidre, in which we ask G_d to forgive all our vows and oaths.  The holiday ends with N'ila, the closing service, which traditionally concludes when three stars are visible in the sky.

    Note: Jewish holidays actually begin at sunset the day before the English calendar date.  Thus, Erev Rosh Hashonah is Wednesday night, September 20. Erev Yom Kippur (the Kol Nidre service) is Friday night September 29.

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