Friday Shabbat Service

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Friday, September 11, 2020 - 6:30pm
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Online via Zoom

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Friday Night Service with Nicole Barchilon Frank 
Special guests: Shofar, Flowers and Song - 6:30pm
Well, Rosh Hashanah is almost here, and we're all ready for a really different new year! Rabbi Zalman Schacter Shalomi, May his memory be for a Blessing said about the times we would be living in that we needed to: "meditate well between contractions for we are in a great birthing now." This teaching moves me deeply and reminds me to slow down and breathe between all the deaths, fires, fear, and contractions and storms of our times. There will be more contracting, death and difficulty and celebrations. In order to be present for them, we have to take time to breath and rest between the events/contractions. Shabbat is a breath between contractions. Please join me to celebrate this breath between.
Also, food for your Elul practices from a class I attended with Jason Blau, a member of Bonai Shalom, in Boulder Colorado, on Zoom:
1. They asked wisdom: "What is the punishment for a wrongdoer/sinner?" She said to them: "Evil will pursue wrongdoers/sinners."
2. They asked prophecy: "What is the punishment for a wrongdoer/sinner ?" She said to them: "The person who does wrong/sins will die."
3. They asked the Torah: "What is the punishment for a wrongdoer/sinner ?" She said to them: "Let him bring a guilt offering and be atoned for."
4. They asked the Holy and Blessed One: "What is the punishment for a wrongdoer/sinner?" The Holy One said to them: "Let her do teshuvah and be atoned for."
~Pesikta de-Rav Kahana #24, Shuvah, Eretz Yisrael, Late Antiquity
"What is complete teshuvah? When a person again confronts a heit/wrongdoing/sin they committed, is capable of doing it again, but nonetheless refrains from doing so in order to repent, not simply because they are afraid of the consequences or too weak to carry out the act. For example: If a person had a forbidden sexual encounter with someone, and then later was in private quarters with that same person, in the same geographic area, still filled with the same lust and virility, but nonetheless refrained and did not heit/sin, that is complete teshuvah...
But if a person only repented in old age, thus lacking the power to do what they would have done at an earlier point in life, this is not ideal teshuvah but it nonetheless counts and such a person is considered a ba'al teshuva -a penitent person. Even if a person was a wrongdoer their whole life and then repented on the day of death and died in a state of teshuvah, all heits/sins are forgiven..." ~Rambam, Hilkhot Teshuvah 2:1 

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