Yom Kippur 
שַׁבַּ֨ת שַׁבָּת֥וֹן הִיא֙ לָכֶ֔ם וְעִנִּיתֶ֖ם אֶת־נַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶ֑ם חֻקַּ֖ת עוֹלָֽם׃
It shall be a sabbath of complete rest for you, and you shall practice self-denial; it is a law for all time. (Leviticus 16:31)
 
 
Prohibitions of Yom Kippur
All the prohibitions that pertain to Yom Kippur accentuate the seriousness and solemnity of this special day. One is not permitted to eat, drink, bathe, anoint oneself with perfumes or scented oil, wear leather shoes, or engage in marital relations.  These practices are how we actualize the mitzvah of self-denial.  These practices are observed for 25 hours, from Tuesday night until Wednesday night.  

Preparing for Yom Kippur
"The preparations for this awe-inspiring day are intrinsic to its observance. Just as one is required to fast on Yom Kippur, so one is required to eat on the day before Yom Kippur (Klein, p. 207; BT Yoma 81b; SA Oraḥ Hayyim 604: 1). There is a mood of optimism and confidence in the air- for all that Yom Kippur is a day of judgment to be taken seriously, perhaps even feared, the hours before and after the fast are given over to a sense of confidence in God's ultimate mercy and compassion."

The Observant Life: The Wisdom of Conservative Judaism for Contemporary Jews 

What to Wear?


It is customary for people to wear kittels, white robes, on Yom Kippur. White symbolizes purity and thus exemplifies the worshiper's desire to achieve atonement and forgiveness.  If you don't have a kittel, you can wear as much white clothing as possible. On Kol Nidre, we wear talitot even though it is an evening service when we do not customarily wear a talit.  We will have talitot available for you at our service if you forget yours. 


Tesuvah, Tefillah and Tzedakah have the power to transform the harshness of our destiny...

Tesuvah - A major aspect of Yom Kippur are the various public confessions, in Hebrew Vidui, that we articulate verbally as a community.  During these 10 days of Tesuvah, we examine our lives and look at moments during the year when we could have been better.  I recommend writing some of our own personal shortcomings down on paper and bringing them with us to services. During the Vidui, we can whisper these moments along with our communal sins.  

Tefillah - join us not just on Yom Kippur, but Thursday morning (10/10 - 8 am) and on Friday morning (10/11 - 8:00 am) for morning minyan.  And of course, we will pray together on Kol Nidre (Tuesday night at 6:30 pm) and Yom Kippur (Saturday morning 9 am - 2:30 pm and Mincha/Neilah/Maariv at 5:00 pm - 7:35 pm.  

Tzedakah - After our minyanim this week, we congregants performed the custom of kapparot with money.   The ritual of Kapparot symbolizes the transfer of sin from the sinner to some object or being.  This ceremony used to be performed with chickens, but we now perform this mitzvah with money instead.
To perform Kapparot with money:  
Hold the money to be given in your hand, and say the following:

This is in my stead.  May this be my substitute; may this be my atonement.  This money will go to tzedakah, that I may enter the path to a good, long life, and to peace.

Zeh halifati, zeh t'murati, zeh kapparati.  Zeh ha-kesef yeileikh li-tzedakah, va-ani eileikh v'ekaneis l'hayyim tovim arukkim u'l'shalom.

  For an article about the change from chicken to money, click here: Kaparot: Wave Money, Not Chickens


In between the morning and afternoon service on Yom Kippur at 4:15 pm


I wish for all of us a meaningful fast and may we all be written and sealed in the book of life.

Rabbi David Baum
Rosh Hashanah Recap 2019/5780


As Floridians during hurricane season when a storm is
approaching, we often have a dilemma - for some of us, it is, will the chips and cookies that we bought to survive last until the actual storm hits?
After the hurricane leaves, and assuming there is no damage, we have to figure out, how long do we keep the shutters up?

The thought process goes like this - if I leave the shutters up, I'll be protected from the next storm which is bound to hit in a week, two weeks, or a month. Leaving the shutters up gives us a sense of protection; we are ready for anything. But, here's the thing, leaving our shutters up is actually dangerous. Every year, the county has to give a public service announcement on why keeping our shutters up is dangerous. The main reason: if there is a fire in the house, fire responders cannot get in to help, and people inside cannot escape. The danger quickly turns from outside in, to the inside out...

Rosh Hashanah marks the end of one year, and the beginning of another year. In this New Year, it seems we are running away from the unprecedented anti-Semitism of the last year in this country. It is the elephant in the room that we struggle with.

On October 27, 2018, a holy space, Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, was attacked by a white nationalist leading to the deaths of eleven innocent souls whose only crime was that they were Jewish, and they showed up for Shabbat.... click here to read the rest of the sermon.


It is the season of repentance, but first, you have to confess, so here it is - my public confession. This summer, I was with our sons in the deep south, and you can't get any more southern than this, in a Walmart parking lot. I looked around the parking lot and I noticed some cars with Confederate flags bumper stickers, and I became concerned. I took my sons aside and said, "We are going to take off our kippot, and when we are inside, don't call me Abba, call me Dad."

My sons asked, but, 'Abba', I mean, Dad, why? It was at that moment that I choked up - I had nothing to say. What do I tell my children? Why shouldn't we wear a kippah out in the open anywhere we want, this is America after all! As I thought more about it, I realized I was asking myself the wrong questions - I kept on asking, why not, in the negative, and what I should have been asking myself is, why should we be Jewish? Why does the world need us?

I'm not here to give a sermon on anti-Semitism, rather, I want to give a sermon about why we should be even more Jewish this year in the face of anti-Semitism;

Why be Jewish and why does the world need the Jews share a common answer that might surprise you: Because Jews step out of line.... click here to read the rest of the sermon.

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