Temple Bat Yam offers ‘Pardons’ service this Saturday
A new service has been devised by Temple Bat Yam to begin the Jewish season of repentance and reflection – also called the Days of Awe or the Jewish High Holy Days. Members and guests are welcome to attend the Slichot service, which translates to “Pardons,” on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m., at the Temple building, 3260 Pioneer Trail in South Lake Tahoe.
The purpose of the Slichot (Pardons) service is to get into the mood for the 10-day observance of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, to be held this year from Sept. 18 through 28. Attendees will reflect on their personal actions of the past year and begin the task of seeking forgiveness from God and from those they may have wronged.
The service will feature a new Temple Bat Yam tradition, a box of confessions into which attendees will place their written confessions. Never to see the light of day (or be read by anyone), the box of confessioins will be locked and held until next May, when the temple will have a bonfire to celebrate the holiday of Lag B-Omer, when the box and its contents will be burned away. In this way, the confessions made in September as part of the High Holy Days observance will come back in May as a way for the Days of Awe to be felt year round.
Pardons, the English name of the Slichot service, reflects the main theme of the High Holy Days season, the most important of the Jewish year – seeking forgiveness for past mistakes made and looking toward a more positive year ahead.
During this period, many contact family and friends they have have hurt and say, “I hope you will forgive me for anything I may have done to hurt you, intentionally or unintentionally. I forgive you for anything you may have done to hurt me.”
The purpose of the Slichot service Saturday night is to discuss and learn ways to seek “Pardon” and make amends for past wrongs, to wipe the slate clean for the new year.
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