A Note From Rabbi Weinberg 5773

To the Members of Young Israel:
It is hard to believe that a whole year has gone by and that the Yamim Noraim are once again upon us. For me and Elana this has been an incredible year of personal growth because we learn new things everyday from our son Joseph. For me professionally this has also been a year of learning new things, testing new ideas and trying to be the best that I can be. We have watched the shul grow and expand both in its membership, in people’s participation, and in programming which is inspiring to see. All in all we have much to be thankful for. I hope that in the coming year I can continue to foster the relationships that I have with you. Our shul is starting an exciting year of new opportunities and, as always, I invite your continued involvement and your support. We will be kicking off the educational program for the year with a number of programs and classes described below in preparation for the High Holidays. Our weekly Gemara class and the Shabbat afternoon class will be continuing as well as the weeknight Tanach Class. In addition we will be holding some new series’ on various topics and I am trying to revive a weekly mp3 shiur which I hope will come together. You will hear shortly about all of these exciting learning opportunities. Elana and I wish you all, in advance, a ketiva vechatima tovah.

Rabbi Brahm Weinberg

SELICHOT PROGRAM
As always, YIWH will be joining the other Orthodox shuls in town for a communal selichot program. The program will include the participation of many community rabbis and educators including Rabbi Weinberg. See the flyer for more details. We urge you to start off the Yom Tov season with us at this important event. Place: Agudas Achim Date: Saturday Night September 8th Time: Program 10:00pm, 1st Selichot 11:30pm 2nd Selichot (Chatzot) 12:48 am at YI on Troutbrook

“Peculiar Penances & Silver Bullets: Are there legitimate shortcuts to Teshuva?”
One would never enter a marathon without training for it first. The same is true for the spiritual marathon we are embarking on. It is really hard to go in to the season of Yamim Noraim without preparing emotionally and spiritually for the occasion. This class will explore the nature and message of the Selichot prayers that we recite the week before Rosh Hashanna and all the way up to Yom Kippur. The message is a powerful one that will set the tone for these important days. This shiur will be offered TWICE:

PRE-YAMIM NORAIM SHIUR

The Forgiveness We Must Grant One Another”
Join us as we carry on the time-honored tradition of holding a special thought provoking study session on Shabbat afternoon between Rosh Hashanna and Yom Kippur. This year we will study the interplay and perhaps interdependence of asking forgiveness of G-d and Man. Are they part of one process or two? Why does one seem to precede the other? What is the relationship between the two? What a perfect way to show our seriousness for torah and for our desire to understand the process of teshuva in the days when Hashem is most compassionate.

“Panda Eats Shoots and Leaves:

SHABBAT SHUVA DRASHA

Shabbat, Sept. 8th, 5:40pm At Young Israel of West Hartford & Tuesday, Sept. 11th, 7:45pm At the Weinberg’s - 85 Iroquois Rd

Shabbat, September 22nd, 5:00pm
At Young Israel of West Hartford

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