The Happy Minyan
Has Reopened its Doors, BH!

We are thrilled to share with you that now through Pesach we will
be davening at the stunning home of the LighthouseLA, located on the Penthouse floor of 1026 South Robertson Blvd.
(There is an elevator and guard to operate it, should anyone need.)

Our services will be held on the outdoor terrace until Houses of Worship are permitted to gather indoors in Los Angeles County.

Please, come for a visit, join us – and spread the word!

It is a Great Mitzvah to Always be Happy - Rebbe Nachman
Shabbos Bulletin


Friday, October 2, 2020 / 14 Tishrei 5781
SHABBOS & YOM TOV 2020/5781

*Please note we are now on the Winter schedule. Mincha will follow Shabbat candle lighting times

6:18  PM--Candle Lighting
6:20  PM--Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv
6:36  PM--Shkiah (Sunset)


11:00--AM--Krias HaTorah/Mussaf

Candle Lighting from pre-existing flame after 7:11


11:00--AM--Krias HaTorah/Mussaf
12:30--PM--*We will be davening Mincha directly after Mussaf
7:10----PM--Yom Tov Ends.

Please join us from the safety of your own sukkah for all night learning & meditation, beginning at midnight! Led by David Sacks and Yehuda Masjedi

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Hoshana Rabbah
The seventh day of Sukkot is called Hoshana Rabbah, and is considered the final day of the divine “judgment” in which the fate of the new year is determined. It is the day when the verdict that was issued on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is finalized.
The Midrash tells us that G‑d told Abraham: “If atonement is not granted to your children on Rosh Hashanah, I will grant it on Yom Kippur; if they do not attain atonement on Yom Kippur, it will be given on Hoshana Rabbah.” 
Isaiah says, “They seek Me day [after] day.” The Talmud explains that these two “days” refer to the day when the shofar is sounded (Rosh Hashanah) and the day when we take the willow (Hoshana Rabbah)—the day when the heavenly judgment begins, and the day when it concludes.

In addition, on Sukkot we are judged regarding how much rain will fall in the upcoming year. Thus, on Hoshana Rabbah, the final day of Sukkot, this judgment is finalized. Considering how much our wellbeing and economy depend on bountiful rainfall, it is clear how important this day is.

The Day of the Willow
The primary observance of Hoshana Rabbah is “the taking of the willow.” In addition to the Four Kinds taken every day of Sukkot, it is a tradition, dating back to the times of the prophets, to take an additional willow on the seventh day of Sukkot. This commemorates the willow ceremony in the Holy Temple, where large eighteen-foot willow branches were set around the altar every day of Sukkot. Every day of Sukkot the altar was circled once, to the sounds of supplications for divine assistance; on Hoshana Rabbah, the altar was circled seven times. 
Today, during the course of the Hoshana Rabbah morning services, all the Torah scrolls are taken out of the Ark and are held by people standing around the bimah (Torah reading table). The congregation then makes seven circuits around the bimah (instead of the one circuit done the other days of Sukkot) while reciting the Hoshaanot prayers, with the Four Kinds in hand. At the conclusion of the Hoshaanot we take a bundle of five willows (available for a nominal fee at most synagogues), and with it we strike the ground five times, symbolizing the “tempering of the five measures of harshness.”
It is customary for all—men, women, and even small children—to perform this ritual. One should not use a willow bundle already used by another; a bundle should be purchased for every family member. After the bundle is used, many have the custom of throwing it onto the top of the Ark.

Night Learning
In consideration of the auspiciousness of the day, it is customary in many communities to remain awake on the night preceding Hoshana Rabbah. We recite the entire book of Deuteronomy, wherein the precepts to love and fear G‑d are expounded at length. In certain communities, the entire book of Deuteronomy is read in the synagogue from the Torah scroll. After midnight, the entire book of Psalms is recited. In some congregations it is a custom for the gabbai (synagogue manager) to distribute apples (signifying a “sweet year”) to the congregants. These apples are then taken home, dipped in honey, and eaten in the sukkah.

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur could not have been more precious. Even in the midst of a pandemic, 100 people registered to be with The Happy Minyan. Thank you to everyone who came out and to those who supported from afar. Thank you to all who participated in the auction, because of you, it was yet again a success. May all who contributed see the revealed blessing of their mitzvah and segulah this year and for many years to come. To you and everyone who helped out in ways big and small. It is a community effort and we are all so blessed.

Thank you Yehuda Solomon, Dr. Jon Hoenig, Jeff Rohatiner and Bentzion Simmonds for your leadership and caring and for leading us all in the most heartfelt and beautiful davening and shofar blowing. Your kavana and sweet voices created a portal to the highest gates, where our prayers went dancing through shamayim. Thank you Yossie Frankel, for blowing shofar for all those who couldn't make it to shul -and not once, but three times! Thank you Seymour Perl, for the many many years you have leined for us in the past. You and Carole were missed!

Thank you David Sacks, for your leadership, your example and your devrei Torah. You have a gift for connecting us all in the deepest way and we are so grateful.

Thank you Howard Reichman, for running point on security and for always making our safety your priority.

Thank you Daniella Sadighpour, Jill Reichman and Erin Esther Eldridge for volunteering your time to help set up our pop-up shul.

Thank you Eitan Sender of Hillel Hebrew Academy and Pico Shul for loaning us additional mechitzas.

Thank you Raimero Saucedo, for the incredible physical effort you exerted transforming the courtyard into a shul, twice!

Thank you Wellness For Sale and SHO Inc. for allowing us the use of your space and the gift of praying under that remarkable tree.

To all the members of our community who had to stay home this year due to Covid-19 precaution, you were missed. We thought of you and included you all in our intentions and prayers.

L'Shana Haba'ah B'Yerushalayim!
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Wednesday, October 7
Fourth Day Chol Hamoed

Weekly Seasons of Joy with Sam Glaser
7:30PM, Every Wednesday
Meeting ID: 71646005392

Insights with Rebbetzen Olivia Schwartz
8:00PM - Live on Facebook, and recorded to view at any time

Thursday Eve/Friday Morning, October 8 - October 9
Hoshana Rabbah
Hoshana Rabbah Virtual All Night Learning
Please join us from the safety of your own sukkah for all night learning & medidation, beginning at midnight! Led by David Sacks and Yehuda Masjedi

MIDNIGHT, October 9th
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Passcode: 815234

Please enjoy anytime this Pod Cast from David Sacks!
Hooray! It's Succos!
Spiritual Tool For An Outrageous World Pod Casts
Please pray whole heartedly for a refuah Shelema for:
Avraham Etz Chaim ben Devora (Adam Silver)
Shifra Frudel bas Raizel (Shifra Hastings)
Eden Melody Bas Aviva Batsheva (Newborn grand daughter of Chaya & Gary Kamisher)
Chaya Tzivia bat Miriam