Holy Day Guidance Tishrei 5777​ September 2016

For each day of the Ten Days of Awe (Ten Day of Seeing) we consider one of the Ten Commandments. The dates and the commandments for each date are below. 

There are candles lit before sunset of (Erev) Rosh HaShanah, (Erev) Shabbat Shuvah and (Erev) Yom Kippur. Those dates are also listed below and the blessing is also included below. 

For Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 12, 2016, find a congregation in your area where you can attend Neilah Concluding Services. These services are at the end of the Yom Kippur day of prayer. Many congregations allow non-members entry to this service and usually without cost. Check ahead of the day for policy and times at your area congregations. 

blessings, 
Rabbi Magidovitch


Sunday, October 2, 2016 Erev Rosh HaShanah
Light candles before sunset, Erev Rosh HaShanah during this evening consider commandment 1

On kindling the lights, say:
Blessed are You our God, Ruler of the universe, who has hallowed us by Your commandments, and commanded us to kindle the light for the holiday of Rosh HaShanah. Amen.

Commandment ONE:
I am the LORD thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.


Monday, October 3, 2016 Rosh HaShanah Day
During this day of Rosh Hashanah consider commandment 1

Commandment ONE:
I am the LORD thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.

During the day of Monday we do Tashlich (releasing) in which we ask God to "release our sins where they will be washed away in the depths of the sea." We do this at a body of living (not stagnant) water (sea, river, lake, etc.) Prior to going to the water, we write on a sheet of paper in washable ink a list of our sins. That is, we reconsider our deeds of the prior year and where we did not live our lives as we are to live our lives ie with freedom and respect. We write this on paper and then for tashlich take this list to the waterside. Here, we ask that all the energy that we put in improper directions be released from us. We then wash the list we wrote in the water in a movement of release. The ink goes into the water and we release what we need to release of our past. 


Tuesday, October 4, 2016 2nd Day Rosh HaShanah for Orthodox, Conservative and some other Movements
During this day consider commandment 2

Commandment TWO:
Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any manner of likeness, of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 

​Wednesday, October 5, 2016
During this day consider commandment 3

Commandment THREE:
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. 


Thursday, October 6, 2016
During this day consider commandment 4

Commandment FOUR:
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work; but the seventh day is a sabbath unto the LORD thy God, in it thou shalt not do any manner of work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; for in six days God made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them in, and rested on the seventh day; wherefore God blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it. 


Friday, October 7, 2016
During this day consider commandment 5

Commandment FIVE:
Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.


Friday (evening), October 7, 2016 Shabbat Shuva,  
Just before sunset:
Light candles and during this evening consider commandment 3

On kindling the lights, say:
Blessed are You our God, Ruler of the universe, who has hallowed us by Your commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Shabbat light. Amen.

Commandment THREE:
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.

Saturday, October 8, 2016
During this day consider commandment 6

Commandment SIX:
Thou shalt not murder. 


Sunday, October 9, 2016
During this day consider commandment 7

Commandment SEVEN:
Thou shalt not commit adultery. 


Monday, October 10, 2016
During this day consider commandment 8

Commandment EIGHT:
Thou shalt not steal. 


Tuesday, October 11, 2016
During this day consider commandment 9

Commandment NINE:
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. 


Tuesday evening, October 11, 2016 Kol Nidre
​Light candles before sunset

Blessed are You our God, Ruler of the universe, who has hallowed us by Your commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Shabbat & Yom Kippur lights. Amen.

During this evening of Kol Nidre consider commandment 10

Commandment TEN:
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. 


Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Yom Kippur
During this day of Yom Kippur consider commandment 10

Commandment TEN:
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. 

* Find a congregation in your area where you can attend Concluding Neilah service. Listen to the el Norah Alilah prayer chanted there or to listen on your own, click here El Norah Alilah.
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