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The Israelites are instructed that upon entering the Land of Israel, they are to acknowledge their gratitude to God with a special ritual, which is recounted in this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo. Marking transitions is an essential part of our Jewish lives. This Saturday evening we mark the transition into the High Holy Day season with  S’lichot service.

S’lichot are prayers asking for forgiveness, and the service includes a ritual in which we change the covers on our sacred Torah scrolls from their usual ones to the special white mantels used during the High Holy Days. The ritual helps mark our own transition into this special period of introspection, reflection and reconciliation, leading us, we pray, to repentance.

Looking forward to beginning this very special time of year together.

Rabbi Sandra M. Bellush