This Saturday night, synagogues of all denominations from around the world will hold a beautiful worship service called ‘Selichot.’
Selichot serves as sort of a ‘opener’ or warm-up for the High Holidays, which (as you know) are right around the corner.
Selichot is the first time of the liturgical year that your rabbis will be donning our white robes, and it is at this service where we change the Torah covers from their usual blue, to white, representing the spiritual purity to which we aspire during the Days of Awe.
The worship service is short, with music and prayers that warm us up to the inner-work which we are charged to do at this special time of year.
For me, every year Selichot is welcome as it helps me focus. Without it, I find that my overall High Holiday experience is ‘less’, and so I am poorer for missing it.
In other words, Selichot is a good use of my time.
Come join us for desserts (for a sweet new year) at 6:30pm, and then we will cross the Sanctuary threshold together.
Won't you join us?
May you, and your family, and our entire Temple Emanu-El community be blessed with a year of health and blessings.
Shanah Tova & Shabbat shalom,