Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Happy New Year

Sorry, late post today. Went to services for Rosh Hashanah at the Bay Ridge Jewish Center. We have a new rabbi, Micah Gelber, who is younger than your average Jewish holy man, and is helping turn our synagogue around. It has an aged congregation. I partipated in a cermeony called Birkat Kohanim for the first time in which I, as a Cohanim, had to have my hands washed by a Leviim (Levi). Alas, no Leviim were present (or came forward), so Rabbi Micah did the honors for me and three other Cohanim. We then re-entered the sanctuary after removing our shoes. We went up on the bimah, placed out talit over our heads, raised our hands, and joined in the leadingof prayers while the rest of the congregation averted their eyes. An interesting experience.

L'shanah tovah. May you all have a happy new year!

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