Friday, September 30, 2011

High Holy Days start

This coming year is 5772 on the Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year holiday) began at sundown on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Unlike the secular new year, the Jewish holiday is spiritual and begins a period of thoughtful contemplation that leads up to a day of fasting on Yom Kippur, on Oct 8.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the two most important holidays in the Jewish calendar. The 10 days in between are known as "the days of awe," a period of introspection and reflection that culminates on Yom Kippur.

According to tradition, on Yom Kippur one atones for sins against God, but for sins against man there is only atonement for those who have asked forgiveness.

Cantor Ida Cahana from Portlandm, Ore., will perform the services during the High Holy Days.

The Wood River Jewish Community is looking for volunteers to help plan, set up and take down. Anyone interested can contact Enid Rawlings, social committee chair, at

Tony Evans:

High Holy Days schedule:

- Services at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Sun Valley.

- ROSH HASHANA: Started Wednesday.

- KOL NIDRE: Friday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m.

- YOM KIPPUR DAY: Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m., morning service

- 1 p.m., music and meditation.

- 2 p.m., children's service.

- 3 p.m., afternoon service.

- 4 p.m., yizhor (memorial) and neilah (closing service).

- Potluck break-the-fast will follow the closing service.

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