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Yom Kippur Services Update

For service times, please see the Z’manim schedule below. Since seating is limited, please do not come to shul without first reserving a seat. Reservations can be made by contacting the Rabbi. Every participant is requested to follow these outlined safety precautions. To use the men's mikvah on Erev Yom Kippur, please reserve a spot and follow the rules listed on this sign-up sheet

The Rabbi's Blog: Living Jewish in San Francisco

With Yom Kippur several days away, I share with you two articles about how to utilize this time of year to the best of your ability. The first piece, written by my former neighbor in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Rabbi Dovid Rosenfeld, explains that the biggest activity we do on Yom Kippur is not repenting; it is apologizing. The second installment, authored by award winning writer Yael Mermelstein is about appreciating the connection between Teshuva and our email “Delete” button. 

Shabbat Shuva - Yom Kippur
Friday, September 25- Monday, September 28
Friday, September 25
7:15am    Selichot
7:45am    Shacharit 
6:43pm    Candlelighting
6:45pm    Mincha/Ma'ariv 

Shabbat, September 26
Shabbat Shuva

9:30am     Shacharit 
5:45pm     Mincha
7:39pm     Havdalah

Sunday September 27
Erev Yom Kippur

8:00am    Shacharit 
3:00pm    Mincha
6:40pm    Candle Lighting
6:45pm SHARP! Kol Nidrei I
8:15pm    Kol Nidrei II

Monday, September 28
Yom Kippur
9:00am    Shacharit
1:00pm    Mincha I
5:30pm    Mincha II
6:30pm    Neila
7:36pm    Fast Ends

Tuesday-Thursday,  Sep. 29-Oct. 1
7:45am    Shacharit 
6:30pm    Mincha/Ma'ariv
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Liliya Romova for Yom Kippur Yizkor
Liliya Romova for a Refuah Shleima for Sarah Esther bat Chana
Anna & Mikhail Romov for a Refuah Shleima for Sarah Esther bat Chana
Hai Haham for the General Fund
Corinne Vaknin in honor of her beloved mother, Phylis Kurzbard – May she have a happy and healthy New Year
Corinne Vaknin in memory of her father, Menachem Kurzbard
Alex & Masha Rudakov for a Shana Tova
Abe Newman for a Shana Tova
Rita & Alex Riskin for a Shana Tova
Polina Pasynkova & Roman Slepnyov for Yom Kippur Yizkor
Bella Pasynkova for Yom Kippur Yizkor            

Anna & Keva Kelenson for Yom Kippur Yizkor
Regina & Yakov Kogan for Yom Kippur Yizkor
Ruth Rosental for the Yahrzeit of Meyer Gross
Ilya & Faina Weisman for Yom Kippur Yizkor
Gail Zerbib in memory of Lidia & David Gladovsky
Gail Zerbib in memory of Julien Zerbib
Mella Katznelson in memory of Dr. Zalmon Katznelson
Gail Zerbib and Mr. & Mrs. Herman Wendel for the Yahrzeit of Isaak Wendel
Stalina Gofman for Yom Kippur Yizkor
Marty & Goldie Sosnick for the Yahrzeit of Golda Kaplan
Marty & Goldie Sosnick for the Yahrzeit of Rachel Goldberg
Marty & Goldie Sosnick for a Shana Tova   

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Parasha Reading in a Nutshell

The greater part of the Torah reading of Haazinu (“Listen In”) consists of a 70-line “song” delivered by Moses to the people of Israel on the last day of his earthly life. Calling heaven and earth as witnesses, Moses exhorts the people, “Remember the days of old / Consider the years of many generations / Ask your father, and he will recount it to you / Your elders, and they will tell you” how G-d “found them in a desert land,” made them a people, chose them as His own, and bequeathed them a bountiful land. The song also warns against the pitfalls of plenty—“Yeshurun grew fat and kicked / You have grown fat, thick and rotund / He forsook G-d who made him / And spurned the Rock of his salvation”—and the terrible calamities that would result, which Moses describes as G-d “hiding His face.” Yet in the end, he promises, G-d will avenge the blood of His servants and be reconciled with His people and land.

The Parasha concludes with G-d’s instruction to Moses to ascend the summit of Mount Nebo, from which he will behold the Promised Land before dying on the mountain. “For you shall see the land opposite you; but you shall not go there, into the land which I give to the children of Israel."

Parasha Thought
By Rav Mordechai Kamenestky

In Parshas Haazinu, Moshe sings a swan song for eternity — a haunting ballad filled with allusions to the future and grim predictions lest his people stray. Unfortunately, the dire predictions were clearly fulfilled throughout the Diaspora. And the lessons that contained within are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago when they were first imparted.

One verse reads: “When Hashem will have judged his people, He shall relent… when He sees that the enemy progresses and no one [feels that they] will be saved or assisted.” (Deuteronomy 32:36).

The Talmud in Sanhedrin explains that this posuk refers to the time of Israel’s redemption. The Talmud asks, “when is that time?” One of the various answers is derived from this verse. “The Moshiach will not come until the Jews have abandoned hope of redemption as it states: ‘He shall relent… when He sees that the enemy progresses and no one [feels that they] will be saved or assisted.’ ”

My grandfather, Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetzky, of blessed memory in Emes L’Yaakov, his classic commentary on the Torah, asks, “How is it possible that a prerequisite for the actual deliverance will be the total abandonment of a very basic tenet of Judaism — hope for redemption? What does the Talmud mean when it says that the Moshiach will not arrive until the Jewish people “lose all hope of redemption”

My dear friend R’ Mendy Kofman related the following story: Rabbi Yaakov Rubin, the Brizdovitz Rav in Brooklyn is known for his wisdom and warmth in nurturing many Russian immigrants in this country. One of the families that he endeared was an amazing family of Russian immigrants who, despite Communist rule and oppression remained strongly committed to Judaism even behind the iron curtain. In fact, the Rav hosted the family for a Sheva Berachos festivity for this family’s daughter and her new groom.

During the meal the Rav rose to speak. He praised the incredible perseverance of this family and during the course of his speech he discussed the Divine providence that helped them get out of Russia. “Boruch Hashem,” concluded the Rav “The Ribbono Shel Olam (Almighty) helped them and they got out of Russia…” Suddenly a booming voice in a Russian accent interrupted.

It was the father of the bride. “Der Ribbono Shel Olam hut NIT GEHULFEN! THE RIBBONO SHEL OLAM DID NOT HELP US!” The Rav froze and stammered… “I mean, with the assistance of the Almighty…” Again the voice boomed: “THE RIBBONO SHEL OLAM DID NOT ASSIST US!”

Eyes darted from the Rav and back to the man. The Rav was stammering, the man was glowering. Suddenly the Russian man smiled widely as he spoke softly. “Listen carefully. Der Ribbono Shel Olam did not help us! Der Ribbono Shel Olam did not assist us! He did EVERYTHING!”

Rav Yaakov explains: The Talmud does not mean that Moshiach will not arrive until we have abandoned hope of any redemption. It means that Moshiach will not arrive until we have abandoned hope of other types of redemption! As long as we rely on ourselves, our machinations and own abilities to get out of our troubles, then we are proclaiming self-reliance. If we rely on our own expertise and political abilities to extract us from dire situations, if we think that all answers will be configured by mortal diplomacy; then Moshiach will lock himself in his proverbial room — and wait. Only when we realize that redemption is in His hands and truly only in His hands will Hashem send us the true redemption!

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