When and where do the High Holidays begin? On Selichot night… the most mystical service of the year!
The beginning of the journey for the new Jewish year commences this Saturday night, September 16th at 9:00 p.m. in the Chizuk Amuno Sanctuary during a reflective, humbling, awe-inspiring service called “Selichot.”
Many of the Selichot 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 Selichot.
During our Selichot services through an invigorated commitment to faith and if we listen harder 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 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