Shabbat and Candlelighting 
for Friday, September 16th, 2022 / 21 Elul, 5782

 Light Shabbat candles at 6:15 p.m.

Dear Congregation Kehillah and Friends,

Parashat Ki Tavo ("when you will come into the Land..."), shares laws and ethics to live by as the Israelites prepare to enter the Land of Israel. It includes this verse: Baruch atah b'voecha, u'varuch atah b'tzetecha - Blessed shall you be in your comings and blessed shall you be in your goings" (when my Nana, z"l, probably drawing from this verse of Torah, wanted to offer expressions of love and support for a journey, she would always say to me in Yiddish as I prepared to leave the house: Gai gezundt un kim gezundt ("go well and come back well")The Rabbis asked: which goings and which comings? Responses included: when preparing to do battle, at the time of one's death, or on any journey, so that one would return safely to loved ones and to study of Torah. Tefillat HaDerech, the Traveler's Prayer, came from this idea. 
Each day itself is a journey, and each moment can be seen as an opportunity for blessing. How beautiful for us to leave our homes each day with a blessing that we reach our destination in peace!

A kavannah for candle lighting Shabbat Ki Tavo:
Holy One, as I prepare to enter Shabbat, please help me to both give and receive blessings for the journey that lies ahead, open to the possibilities for growth through dialogue and sharing with others along that journey. 
May all of your journeys lead you to your desired destination in peace!

Saturday, September 17
6:45 p.m. (new time!)
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Selichot helps us prepare intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually for the High Holy Days. 

We’ll participate in a thought-provoking program followed by a brief Selichot service of High Holy Days music and themes.

We’ll start the evening with Havdalah. To enhance your experience, you may want to have a braided Havdalah candle, a small cup of sweet kosher wine, and the traditional spices (made from a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves in any pleasing proportion). If you don’t have a spice box, you can use a glass. We’ll have these items for you to see online, so please don’t worry if you don't have them. 
You might also want to have some paper and pen or pencil for the activity after.

Please RSVP to Renee,, so we know you will be joining us. 

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Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman
Congregation Kehillah
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