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Jewish High Holy Days signal renewed hope

The seven weeks before the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are called the weeks of comfort: comfort from the tragedies people are repeatedly forced to go through; comfort from fear that such horrors will yet again be inflicted upon us; comfort to provide hope that the future, next year, can be one of joy, health, enrichment, enlightenment, and happiness despite the meagerness of our attempts to atone for the sins and misdeeds we and our community have participated in.

Through prayers and rituals during Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, such as shofar blowing and casting of symbolic sins into flowing water, Jews around the world will repent for the past and pray for a better year for ourselves, for our communities, and for the world. A reminder of our mortality during a year, such as a birth or a close brush with death, can make a person more appreciative of the opportunities to do good deeds and work toward improvements in the world. Such an event can increase resolve to use these opportunities to the maximum and to repent wholeheartedly during the High Holy Days also known as the Days of Remembrance, of Awe, and of Repentance. Beit Torah Jewish Congregation ( will observe the High Holy Days this year with:

1. Rosh HaShanah dinner services, Sunday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., in Chino Valley;

2. Rosh HaShanah daytime services at 10 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 17 and 18, at the Stepping Stones Community Center, Prescott Valley, Room 4;

3. Taschlich Casting Away of Sins and a festive lunch at 12:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, at Fain Park, Prescott Valley; and

4. Yom Kippur services at the Stepping Stones Community Center Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m., Room 4 and Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m., Room 3 through breakfast Room 4.

For further details and directions, call 237-0390 or write


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