I feel like I’m in a race against time, something like pre-Pesach prep but without the major cleaning. We all feel the summer slipping away, and Rosh Hashanah is early this year. I once read it’s only early in our minds relative to the secular calendar. But if not for a second Adar next year, we would celebrate next Rosh Hashanah in August. So it really is early.
I am having guests for Rosh Hashanah and we are leaving motzaei yom tov for Israel, so logistically speaking I have a lot of preparations to do. The house must be company-ready for four to six adults and two young children. I need to make room in my freezer so I can start shopping and cooking. And my sister-in-law will have to take home the leftovers or my kids will have to come to empty my refrigerator.
This year, as last year, we have a wonderful ba’al tefillah for Mussaf on Rosh Hashanah in our shul. He is a chassidishe young man with the sweetest voice who has been singing since he was a boy, often joining his grandfather, Chazzan Isaac Horowitz, singing at simchos or in shul in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Chazzan Horowitz happens to be my brother-in-law and Sholom Horowitz is our great-nephew. I am looking forward to hosting everyone and hearing Sholom daven.
Every year we go to Israel after Rosh Hashanah for my father-in-law’s yahrzeit, and for the past four years we have stayed for Sukkos. It is a nice and exciting time to be in Israel, where you really feel the yom tov preparations.
We have similar hustle and bustle right here on Main Street, but multiply that many times in every neighborhood all over Yerushalayim! The main streets in Bayit VeGan become a huge shuk from before Yom Kippur with chickens for kapparos to everything you need for Sukkos. The streets are clogged with shoppers and vendors snarling traffic and making it almost impossible to drive. But we love it!
Being with our Israeli children and grandchildren, as well as those grandchildren who are learning in Israel, assorted nieces and nephews, and seeing my brothers and their families, too, makes for a busy, hectic, but memorable time.
Yom Kippur Kattan tefillah, August 9 at 7:40 p.m. sharp at Rabbi Friedman’s shul. Minchah at 8:10 p.m., followed by Ma’ariv. Ezras nashim will be open. For more information, email Eliglaser@gmail.com.
Dr. Bernard Pinchuk will speak on “Lost in the Desert and Other Mathematical Gems in the Talmud.” on Shabbos, August 11 at 5:45 p.m. in the beis midrash at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. For men and women.
Rabbi Daniel Glatstein will speak on “Elul: Premium Teshuvah” Sunday, Sunday, August 12 at 8:30 p.m. at the Sephardic Congregation of Queens, 101-17 67th Drive, Rego Park. Free lecture presented by Chazaq for men and women. Refreshments will be served.
Rabbi Dovid Forhman of Aleph Beta will give a special Yamim Nora’im shiur, September 5 at 8 p.m. at Ahavas Yisroel in Kew Gardens Hills.
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