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Yizkor, Neilah and Havdalah Service

Monday, September 28, 2020 10 Tishrei 5781

5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Yizkor (streaming): From its beginning, Jewish literature has focused intently on the subject of memory. Yizkor, meaning “to remember,” appears in the Bible 228 times. Judaism also embraces the idea of collective memory. The Torah’s oft-repeated rationale, “because you were slaves in Egypt,” draws on collective memory to promote moral behavior.  Unlike a funeral or shiva, where individual memories are shared publicly to fashion a collective mosaic of the person being remembered, Yizkor provides a communal space for inward memorializing.

Neilah (streaming): The service that concludes Yom Kippur. The name alludes to the metaphorical locking of the heavenly gates at the end of the day.

Havadalah (on Zoom):  A Hebrew word that means “separation” and is the ritual that ends Shabbat and other holy times, separating it from the start of the new week. A beautiful ritual, it’s a brief ceremony that uses four elements to mark the moment we sadly say goodbye to the beauty of the day, and pledge to carry its gifts into the week to come.

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