SELIHOT SERVICES SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
9:00PM (PLEASE NOTE NEW STARTING TIME FOR SERVICES)
The beginning of the journey for the Jewish new year commences this Saturday night, September 24th at 9:00 p.m. in the Chizuk Amuno Sanctuary during a reflective, humbling, awe-inspiring service called “Selihot .”
Many of the Selihot prayers were composed before the 7th century. Persecution against the Jews and the prohibition to copy sacred texts made it extremely difficult to pass down original prayers except through word of mouth. That was until the 9th century when Rav. Amram Gaon (856-874) composed his time honored prayerbook which also includes the Selihot .
A few weeks ago my wife, Janice, and I were invited to D.C. to view the only known fragments of this historical Siddur. The curator from Yad Vashem in Israel was the keynote speaker. This timeless experience has reinvigorated my spirit and eagerness to lead Chizuk Amuno congregation in penitential prayers.
During our Selihot services, if we listen with our souls and hearts we can become part of the eternal transmission of our faith through the power behind and inside prayer.
Adding to the musical majesty of the sacred text we will also have a Professional String Quartet along with our Chizuk Amuno Congregation Professional Choir, under the direction of T. Herbert Dimmock, to assist us in getting into the “mood” for the upcoming High Holidays.
Hazzan Emanuel C Perlman