South Head Synagogue
Rosh Hashana 5777 - Rabbi's Drosha; A Day to Express Gratitude
Why do we blow Shofar on Rosh Hashanah?
Although many reasons are given, the most fundamental and historic reason takes us back to that very first Rosh Hashanah - the day of Adam’s creation.
Immediately after his “birth” on that very first Rosh Hashanah, Adam gathered all his fellow creatures and said to them “Let us give thanks to G-d and crown Him as King of the Universe.” He then sounded the Shofar and proclaimed, “Come, let us bow down, let us prostrate ourselves before G-d Who made us!”
It turns out that the very first mitzvah performed by a human being was an expression of gratitude to the One who gave him life. Read More
Thank You All!
My mother, sister and I, together with all our family, have been absolutely overwhelmed by the huge level of support that we have received from you, our community, over this past week and a half. Your calls, texts and emails have helped soften the pain of our father's unexpected passing. (Although our father was 92, he was regaining muscle strength after a serious fall and the week before his passing began walking again. Until the end he was mentally astute and amazingly positive notwithstanding his total blindness.)
Although it has been difficult to respond individually to all your warm messages, please be assured that we have read them all. The fact that so many of you have taken the time to write has meant a lot to us.
This week is Shabbat Nachamu. In a beautiful letter to Arik Sharon after he suffered the loss of a child, the Rebbe wrote to him explaining why we say to mourners, "May G-D comfort you among all those who mourn for Zion and Jerusalem." Read More
Simchat Yom Tov Fund
Donations to Simchat Yom Tov Fund can be made at any time to honour people for a variety of reasons - in lieu of birthday gifts; when making a pledge after an Aliyah; to show gratitude for someone's kindness or assistance; in the merit of a Refuah Sheleima .. and more
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The Daily Word
Hoshana Rabba on Sunday! Our fate for coming year is written on Rosh HaShana, sealed on Yom Kippur & delivered on HaShana Rabba. Gemar Tov!
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