1-2 Tishrei (Sept.9-11) Rosh HaShana, Day of Judgment for the
whole creation and the "head" of the year 5779. Let's get
off to a good start! The Tashlich "to the water" afternoon
ceremony on Monday.
3 Tishrei (Sept.12) Fast of Gedaliah
6 Tishrei (Sept.14-15) Shabbat Vayelech; Shabbat Shuvah: Torah
Reading: Deut. 31:1-30. Haftorah: Isaiah 61:10-63:9 and Joel 2:15-27.
10 Tishrei (Sept.18-19) Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and of oneness
G-d. This year the fast falls on Wednesday and so is from sunset Tuesday
night till nightfall Wednesday. It is customary to partake of two
festive meals on the eve of Yom Kippur (in this case on Tuesday) and
one festive meal after the end of the fast. According to tradition,
the festive meal after the conclusion of the fast brings down blessing
for one's financial success for the entire new year.
13 Tishrei (Sept.21-22) Shabbat Ha'azinu; Torah Reading: Deut.32:1-52;
Haftorah: Samuel II 22:1-51
14-21 Tishrei (Sept.23-Sept.30) Sukkot. Spend as much time
in the Sukkah as possible. Shake the four species each weekday. Keep
21 Tishrei (Sept.30) Hoshanah Rabba: (The next stage in the
process that began on Rosh HaShana -- the delivery of judgment) In
many communities it is a custom to stay up learning Torah and reciting
psalms all night.
22 Tishrei (Sept.30-Oct.1) Shemini Atzeret--Simchat Torah,
The "Prayer for rain."
[Outside of Israel Simchat Torah is celebrated the next day.] Completion
of annual Torah-reading cycle. Dance in honor and joy of the Torah.
Torah Reading: Deut. 33:1-34:12 (the end! of The Five Books), Gen.
1:1-2:3. Haftorah: Joshua 1.
23 Tishrei (Oct.1-2) Simchat Torah outside of Israel
25 Tishrei (Oct.4) The Yahrzeit of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev,
known as 'the Advocate of the Jewish People".
27 Tishrei (Oct.5-6) Shabbat Bereishit, Torah Reading: Gen.
1:1-6:8. Haftorah: Isaiah 42:5-43:10. Also Shabbat Mevarchim- blessing
of the New Month
30 Tishrei (Oct. 9) First day of Rosh Chodesh Mar Cheshvan
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