Some come to talk to God. Some come to talk to their neighbours. Some come to talk to themselves.
And then there is the great “Shehechiyanu,” when we do all three to express our gratitude for another year of life.
During the High Holy Days there are those rare and precious moments when we feel we are a part of something larger and more lasting than ourselves.
This is part of what it means to be a part of Holy Blossom Temple on these Holy Days.
L’Shanah Tovah Tikateivu!
May we be written and sealed for a good year of life and blessing.
Shemini Atzeret / Yizkor Service[one_half]
This festival marks the shift in the seasons.
We pray that the winds will return and the rains will fall in proper proportion.
When we offer the melodic Yizkor prayers, memories of loved ones who have died can be comforting like a breeze and nourishing like the rain.
Prayers about environment, earth, and sky quickly become very personal.
Shemini Atzeret gives us one more day to linger in spirit of the holyday season.[/one_half][one_half_last] [/one_half_last]
Erev Simchat Torah
Erev Simchat Torah is always a joyful and spontaneous counter-point to the High Holidays.
At 7:00 p.m., our teens carry in our eleven Torah Scrolls in grand procession from the upper balconies to flags waving below. After the seven joyful hakafot, we read the last verses of Torah, then go back to the beginning to hear the first words of creation.
Dessert and dancing to Judy and David’s Klezmer Band brings all the generations together to celebrate and wrap up our Tishrei holiday season!
Our Torah scrolls have grown from 10 to 11!
We welcome in The Slan Family Torah Scroll and celebrate the precious words contained in it. Seven hakafot around our sanctuary will honour our Torahs with flags waving!
Simchat Torah is a joyful inter-generational holiday.
Come make a memory!
New!! High Holy Day Food Drive[one_half]
It is traditional for Jews to fast on Yom Kippur. As we willingly deny ourselves sustenance—in order to be drawn closer to G-d-may—may we recognize the pain of those suffering hunger throughout the year.
In the GTA, there are over 1.2 million visits to food banks every year. We can make a difference.
In the Midrash (to Psalm 118:17) we are taught: When you are asked in the world to come, “What was your work?” and you answer: “I fed the hungry,” you will be told: “This is the gate of the Eternal, enter into it, you who have fed the hungry.”[/one_half][one_half_last] [/one_half_last]