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Tag: Mishkan ha Nefesh

The vulnerability of our own existence

Chaverim, At no other time of the year are we more exposed to the vulnerability of our own existence in this world as we are during in this season of the High Holy Days. It seems that our holy texts paint an image where we are unimportant figures in...

These I remember …

Chaverim, In our journey of the High Holy Days, our tradition invites us not only to find our inner selves, but also to deepen our conection with those who lived before us and prepared this path for us. Our forebears are many, and their contributions are uncountable. May we...

High Holy Days 2018

Dear congregants and friends, In the next few days you will receive, via email,  our information package with all relevant details about this year‘s High Holy Day services and activities. Please check your inbox regularly, and if you haven‘t received the information by the end of next week, please...

 Avinu Malkeinu

Chaverim, Tisha B‘Av marked a turning point in our preparations towards the High Holy Days. The days of rebuke and warning are replaced by those of comfort and love. God is not only the judge, assessing our short comings, but also the parent, helping us to grow and to...

Let there be light

This week, South Africa celebrated Mandela Day in honour of a man who undoubtly was a light for this nation, and also a light to the nations. Our Jewish tradition teaches us that striving for justice and equality is the foundation for tikun olam, but also that we have...

HAKARAT HATOV: RECOGNIZING THE GOOD

We loved. And we wept. We were kind— and spoke thoughtfully. We were faithful and trusting. We put forth effort. We were mindful. We embraced. We took delight in the holy books. We were creative. And we yearned. We fought for justice— and searched out the good. We tried...

The new High Holy Day Prayerbooks have arrived!

We are excited to announce that the new Machzorim are at Bet David and ready for collection / to be purchased. Our new High Holy Day prayerbook is a set of two books, one for Rosh HaShanah and one for Yom Kippur. While they keep many of our old...

We will begin a new year in only 5 months

Do you remember? At the last High Holy Days I made the exciting announcements that we are going to introduce a new High Holy Day prayer book for our congregation. I can now give you the “thumbs up” that the machzorim will be shipped from the US to South...

Mishkan ha Nefesh: A dwelling place for our souls

Chaverim, This is not the first time, I have mentioned it, but I think it is still exciting news. Together with our sister congregations in South Africa we will embark on a new spiritual journey, introducing a new prayer book for the High Holy Days: Mishkan HaNefesh. The new...