Congregation Tiferet Israel 

Austin, TX

20 Tishrei 5783 -- October 15, 2022

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Rabbi's Reflections

-Shemini Atzeret: The Essence of the Day-

Shemini Atzeret is perhaps one of the least understood holidays in the Jewish year. What is Shemini Atzeret exactly? If we look at its source in the Torah, we learn, “Say to the Israelite people: On the fifteenth day of this seventh month there shall be the Feast of Booths to the Lord, [to last] seven days. The first day shall be a sacred occasion: you shall not work at your occupations; seven days you shall bring offerings by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall observe a sacred occasion and bring an offering by fire to the Lord; it is a solemn gathering: you shall not work at your occupations” (Vayikra 23:34-6).

There is much discussion in the Talmud concerning the nature of Shemini Atzeret. Is it the eighth day of Sukkot, or is it a festival in its own right? While the latter view prevails, we still must wonder about the essence of this day. After all, unlike Sukkot which is replete with symbols, rituals, laws and customs, Shemini Atzeret seems bare. So, what are we celebrating? What are we observing? To help answer this question, I would like to turn to the words of the Sefer HaChinuch, who teaches us, “And if you should ask: If Shemini Atzeret is such a joyful occasion for the Jewish people, why then do they not hold [the lulav] on that day? The explanation is that the eighth day is dedicated completely to God, just as our Sages related in the parable of the King who had invited his children to feast with him, and at the end asked them to remain with him just one more day, because parting from him was so painful. Therefore, it is called ‘Atzeret,’ (meaning, to hold back),  and for this reason it requires no commemorative act” (Mitzvah 285).

Indeed, the essence of Shemini Atzeret is simply being able to stay a little while longer with God before we reenter our busy lives and busy schedules. Just as one does not need a fancy party to spend a little more time with a loved one, so too on Shemini Atzeret, God wishes to spend a little more time with us, alone, without any formality, external symbols or complicated rituals. Shemini Atzeret is that last, beautiful moment when we, as God’s people, are able to just be with our Parent Who desires one last moment to look at us, to hold us and bring us near, before we must depart. In this way, Shemini Atzeret, the least understood holiday, might just be the most important for our own spiritual lives, and our personal relationships with God.


So, this Shemini Atzeret, as we gather in shul, as we joyfully sing Hallel, as we share in each other’s fellowship and learning, let us take a moment or two to reflect on all the essence of what this most intimate day is really all about. Just as God desires one last time to be alone with us, let us reciprocate that love through soulful prayers and sincere rejoycing, showing our Parent that parting is not easy for us as well. May we all use this Shemini Atzeret as a time to focus on our relationships with God before we go back out into the world, and may we all come to realize just how special that relationship is to us, our community, the whole Jewish people. 

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!

-Rabbi Dan

Schedule of Services
at B'nai Abraham
We encourage everyone to daven privately when unable to attend services. Use the private time to connect to Hashem. Public prayer definitely adds to our prayer experience. Yet we also have the capacity to create a profoundly meaningful private experience with the Divine. Let us seek such an experience in the coming days.  

Friday Night

Candle Lighting

No later than 6:51PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat


Shabbat Morning


9:00 AM

Youth Service

 10:30 AM

Shabbat Evening


6:40 PM


7:44 PM

Sunday (10/16) – Hoshanah Rabbah

Shacharit –  8:20AM

Candle Lighting – 6:40PM

Mincha/Maariv – 6:45PM

Monday (10/17) – Shemini Atzeret

Shacharit – 9:00AM

Yizkor – 10:45AM (Approximate) 

Mincha – 6:30PM

Candle Lighting – After 7:33PM

Torah Trivia – 7:00PM

Maariv and Hakafot – 7:35PM 

Tuesday (10/18) – Simchat Torah

Shacharit followed by Hakafot – 9:00AM

Mincha – 6:40PM

Maariv and Havdallah – 7:32PM

CTI Announcements

Thank You!! Sushi in the Sukkah was fabulous on Thursday. Jeanette Brickman and her team work tirelessly to bring this event together. It was a huge success for us to spend time together and really well done!  

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There is no better time to celebrate with your friends than when something special is going on in your life. CTI is happy to have you as part of our community and even happier to be able to share the special moments in your life with you.


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TYT Tuesday Night  - The Book of Judges

Tuesday 7:00pm

TYT Wednesday Mornings - The Book of Jonah

Wednesday 8:15am

For those new to the community, check out this introductory video 
featuring Rabbi Dan and a few of our wonderful CTI community members! 


Elie Ledeen on October 15

Eyal Refaeli on October 17

Mitch Davis on October 21

If you have any birthdays or anniversaries you would

like to add, please update your profile on our website.

Yahrzeit Remembrances

Regina Gottlieb, Mother of Ester Smith, on Saturday 20 Tishrei

Alexander AJ Hoffman, Father of Julie Van Keer, on Monday 22 Tishrei

Rosalie Goldberg, Mother of Rick Goldberg, on Tuesday 23 Tishrei

Paulo Raschkovsky, Father of Isaac Raschkovsky,

on Thursday 25 Tishrei

May their souls be bound up in the bond of life.

If you have a Yahrzeit that you would like the congregation to acknowledge, or if you have a correction that needs to be made, please update your profile on our website.


Thank you to our anonymous donors.

Thank you to Pete Janson for his donation to the

General Fund IHO Joel and Debbie Tendler.

Thank you to Ori Hampel, Solomon Sultan, Jan Gould,

Josh Rosenberg, and Chuck Kaufman for their aliyah donations.

Thank you to Jehoda and Hana Refaeli, Elizabeth Temerlin,

Jan and Vicki Gould, Solomon and Devorah Sultan,

and Mitch and Patti Davis, for their donations

to the High Holiday Appeal.


We encourage you to use electronic payments by credit card or eCheck through CTI's website at when fulfilling the mitzvah of giving Tzedakah to mark family events and milestones, including Yahrzeits, and in honor of CTI and our community. 



Spiel sponsorships are now available for a donation of $18. Advertise your business or dedicate an issue of the spiel in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a Simcha. Contact admin for more details. 

Donations can be made via our website at, by pressing "Make a Donation" in the sidebar, using the "Donate to CTI" button on the top left of this email, or by sending your check to: Tiferet Israel P.O. Box 27254, Austin, TX 78755. Please make check payable to Tiferet Israel and please indicate what the donation is for. 


Refuah Shelayma to: 
  • Allene Novy-Portnoy; Hannah Bassa bat Sarah Osnat 
  • Avshalom ben Hannah Bassa
  • Cindy Newman 
  • Janet Goldberg; Shayna Masha bat Chasha Mina
  • Ken Friedman
  • Rebecca Millner; Rivkah bat Shoshana
  • Sheina Ruchel bat Henya Leah
  • Tzvi David ben Rivka Golda
  • Yoel Simcha ben Chaya Risha 
  • Sulta bat Nedgma
  • Zvi Aharon ben Bayla
  • Yaira bat Sarah
  • Tamar bat Chaya
  • Ilana bat Gheita
  • HaRav Avram Meir ben Eli Yosef v'Shira Chanah.
  • Rabbi Harold Liebowitz, Ha Rav Chaim Alter ben Necha. 
  • Baruch Akiva Ben Rivka
  • Miriam bat Helen
  • Rivka Michal bat Sarah Chana
  • Lori Garza 
  • Yisroel Natan ben Sarah
  • Masha Gitil bas Chaya Yita
  • Allen Levinson; Avraham Yitzchak ben Gittel
  • Moshe ben Reizel
  • Shoshana bat Yocheved
  • Miriam bat Rachel v'Mordechai
  • Alta Shoshana bat Shulamit
  • Meir Psachia ben Tziril
  • Geni Berman Abitbol
  • Beilya Golda bat Leah
  • Yosef Yehoshua ben Sarah
  • Jonathan Malawer (Yosef ben Bracha)
  • Bowie Alarcon
  • Fivel ben Sarah HaLevi
  • Adam ben Chanah
  • Rafael ben Sheindal Leah
  • Aharon Asher ben Chaya Naomi
  • Esther Malka Fraida bat Serel Chaya Raiza
  • Kalev Boaz Chai ben Aliza
  • Esther Reva bat Malka
  • Avraham ben Rut
  • Peter Janson, Fievel ben Devorah
  • Sheva Eva bat Bella.
  • Dorit Iken, Dorit Chana bat Orah
  • Moshe ben Rut
  • Shulkah Malka bat Tziporah
  • Yehudit bat Sara
  • Chandal bat Basia
  • Shmuel Dovid bat Malka
  • Anthony Ben Devorah
  • Shayna Leah bat Yehudit
  • Reuven ben Shira
  • Batyah bat Sara
 Wishing all Cholei Yisrael a Refuah Shlayma. 

Dear Tiferet Friends, 
If you placed a name on the Refuah Shelayma list and G-d willing the person is well, 
please let us know. Also, if you have a friend or family member who needs 
prayers for healing, again please let us know at  

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On the web:


Dan Millner: 

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 101


Alana Pompa:  

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 102

Vice President:

Sarah Wander 


Chuck Kaufman,


Sarah Church Carroll 

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 103


Larry Smith  

Phone: 512-923-3964


Alana Pompa 

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 106

Kiddush Committee:

Beth Shapiro

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