Yom Kippur, 10 Tishrei, 5782 (Sept 15–16)
Wednesday Candle Lighting Before: 6:48 pm
Fast Begins (Wednesday): 6:48 pm
Yom Tov & Fast Ends (Thursday): 7:48pm
Kol Nidre (Wednesday Night): 6:30 pm
Morning Services (Thursday): 9:30 am
Yizkor (Thursday): 12:30 pm
Aftertoon + Neilah Services (Thursday): 5:30 pm
Shabbos, 12 Tishrei 5782 (Sept 17–18)
This week's Torah portion is: Haazinu
Shabbos Candle Lighting Friday Night: 6:44 pm
Shabbos Ends Saturday Night: 7:44 pm
Friday Night Services: 6:45 pm
Saturday Morning Torah Class: 9:30 am
Saturday Morning Services: 10 am
A quick look at this week's Torah portion
Yom Kippur Morning:
A special feature of the Yom Kippur service was the casting of lots over two he-goats — equal in age, size and appearance — to determine which shall be offered to G‑d in the Holy Temple, and which shall be dispatched to carry off the sins of Israel to the wilderness.
The climax of the service was when the Kohen Gadol entered the innermost chamber in the Temple, the "Holy of Holies." Wearing special garments of pure white linen, the Kohen Gadol would enter the sacred place with a pan of burning coals in his right hand, and a ladle containing an exact handful of ketoret in his left. Inside the Holy of Holies, he would place the ketoret over the coals, wait for the room to fill with its aromatic smoke, and hastily retreat from the holy place.
"This shall be an everlasting statute for you," the Torah reading concludes. "...For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before G‑d... once a year."
Yom Kippur Afternoon:
During the afternoon Minchah service, we read chapter 18 of Leviticus, which details the prohibitions against incest and other deviant sexual behaviours. The Torah reading is followed by a haftorah (reading from the Prophets) which tells the story of Jonah — the prophet who was sent to prophesy the destruction of the sinful city of Ninveh, ran away from G‑d, was swallowed by a fish, and learned the power of prayer and repentance to evoke G‑d's mercy and annul the harshest decrees.
Calling heaven and earth as witnesses, Moses exhorts the people, “Remember the days of old / Consider the years of many generations / Ask your father, and he will recount it to you / Your elders, and they will tell you” how G‑d “found them in a desert land,” made them a people, chose them as His own, and bequeathed them a bountiful land. The song also warns against the pitfalls of plenty—“Yeshurun grew fat and kicked / You have grown fat, thick and rotund / He forsook G‑d who made him / And spurned the Rock of his salvation”—and the terrible calamities that would result, which Moses describes as G‑d “hiding His face.” Yet in the end, he promises, G‑d will avenge the blood of His servants, and be reconciled with His people and land.
The Parshah concludes with G‑d’s instruction to Moses to ascend the summit of Mount Nebo, from which he will behold the Promised Land before dying on the mountain. “For you shall see the land opposite you; but you shall not go there, into the land which I give to the children of Israel.”