Due to the death of Congregation Emanu-El family member, David Siegel Z”L, Hoshaana Rabbah celebrations at the Brechners are cancelled.
Hoshaana Rabbah, the seventh day of Sukkot is a semi-holiday. Falling as it does on a Hebrew School Day this year (2018), Rabbi Harry and RaeAnn have extended an invitation to the Hebrew School students, their families and community members to join them at their sukkah for a festival service at 11 am. Following service, the Brechners will host an Open House from 12 – 2 pm. For the address, directions or to RSVP, contact RaeAnn at 250-885-7552 or by email.
Order deadline: August 31 — Dear Friends, “Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, begins on September 24, 2018. As in past years, we will place orders for Lulav and Etrog sets on behalf of those congregants who wish to purchase these ritual items. We are pleased to have Israel’s The Judaica Centre (www.israelsjudaica.com) as our supplier this year.
Prices: Regular Set $75 Enhanced Set $85
To purchase a set, submit your order including payment to the synagogue office. If paying by credit card (VISA/Mastercard) you may do so by phone (250-382-0615) during office hours (Tuesday to Thursday 9:30 am to 2:30 pm). All orders must be received and pre-paid no later than August 31.
Wishing you and your family a Shanah Tovah U’Metukah – A Healthy and Sweet New Year!”
Religious Services Committee
Kehillat Kodesh Emanu-El
The Simcha Gift Shop at Congregation Emanu-El has kippot, tallitot, mapot and many other Judaica items. The gift shop is located at Congregation Emanu-El at the southern end of the Social Hall.
You may shop during office hours: Tues-Thurs 9:30-2:30 or by appointment by email. We accept cash, cheques, and credit cards. Come check us out!
About the Lulav and Etrog
It is ordained in Leviticus 23:40: “On the first day (of Sukkot) you shall take the product of hadar (goodly) trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days.”
These Arbah Minim (‘Four Species’) are 4 plant species which are used ritually as part of the observance of the festival of Sukkot. Three of the species (the palm, willow and myrtle) are placed in a special plaited holder and collectively are known as a lulav; the fourth of the species, the fruit of the citron tree which is known in Hebrew as an etrog, is held together with the lulav.
It is a mitzvah (commandment) to shake or wave the Four Species on each of the seven days of Sukkot, usually before or during the Morning Service. This shaking or waving of the Four Species is symbolic of the completion of the yearly cycle, of freedom, and of peace and harmony. We shake the lulav in every direction to indicate God’s presence throughout the world, while facing east towards Jerusalem.
Because an etrog can easily be damaged and because certain kinds of damage cause it to become unacceptable for use as part of the Four Species on Sukkot, it is typically wrapped in protective layers and placed inside a box (אתרוג תיבת).
Sunday, October 8, 1 – 3 pm — Once again RaeAnn and Rabbi Harry Brechner invite the congregation to a Sukkot Open House. Drop in on Sunday, October 8 from 1 – 3 pm and get a taste of Rabbi Harry’s awesome Kosher Cajun Gumbo! For the address, directions or to RSVP, contact RaeAnn at 250-885-7552 or by email.
Order deadline September 14: — Sukkot begins on October 4, are you ready? As in previous years, we shall obtain sets of lulav and etrog for those who wish to purchase them. We are pleased to have Rodal’s Quality Judaica (www.rodals.com/) as our supplier once again. Continue reading Do you have your Lulav and Etrog?