Monday, September 28, 2020

Introspection in Preparation for the Jewish New Year


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The Jewish community is observing September as a season of spiritual introspection leading up to the new moon inaugurating Rosh haShanah, the Jewish new year, at the end of the month.

As Rabbi Mark Gross of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island explains it, “Before we can merit the fresh start represented by the New Year, the entire previous month calls for the spiritual discipline we call cheshbon ha-nefesh, an audit of our souls.” Just as important, the Rabbi points out, is the activity of reaching out to and mending fence with family and friends.

Part of that process is the daily recitation of the S’lichot penitential prayers, and attendance at a culminating late-night S’lichot program and service on the evening of Saturday, September 21st.

Those interested in acquiring a free meditative booklet of S’lichot prayers, or more information about the Saturday night S’lichot event, are invited to contact the Synagogue office at 991 Winterberry Drive, 239-642-0800.

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