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<p>Lshana Tova 5771jtnews | section b | september 3, 2010 | 24 elul 5770</p> <p>2B</p> <p>shana tova</p> <p>Jtnews . www.Jtnews.net .</p> <p>friday, septemBer 3, 2010</p> <p>friday, septemBer 3, 2010 . www.Jtnews.net .</p> <p>Jtnews</p> <p>shana tova</p> <p>3B</p> <p>Is our fate determined on Yom Kippur?Rabbi LawRence a. Hoffman Special to JTNewsHigh on the list of Jewish martyr stories still retold or, at least, alluded to every Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, is the terrible medieval tale of Rabbi Amnon of Mainz. For refusing to appear before the Bishop of Regensburg who had requested that Amnon become a Christian he had his limbs hacked off; what was left of him was arrayed alongside his severed parts and returned home in time for Rosh Hashanah. As the chazzan reached the climax of services that day, Amnon interrupted with a beautiful liturgical poem, and was promptly transported to his heavenly abode. Three days later he appeared to the saintly Rabbi Kalonymos to teach him the poem and instruct him to spread it everywhere. Today, that poem, the Untaneh Tokef, is a centerpiece of the High Holy Day liturgy. So goes the story, which is still told annually in many a synagogue, before Untaneh Tokef and its two-fold message: First, that On Rosh Hashanah it is written and on Yom Kippur it is sealed: who will live and who will die, who by fire, who by waterwho by earthquake, who by plague [and so forth]; but second, that penitence, prayer, and charity can somehow alleviate the hardship of the decree. It is hard to know which is more troubling: The prayer or the story of its authorship. Who by Fire, Who by Water (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2010), the first volume in the Prayers of Awe series, chronicles the fascinating controversy that surrounds them both. The problem with the prayer is that it seems patently scandalous. Were the fates of the 9/11 victims predetermined on the prior Yom Kippur? Did they die because they were insufficiently penitent, prayerful, or charitable? The problem with the story is that it is hardly a message that inaugurates a new year with spiritual promise. Besides, it is pure fiction there never was a Rabbi Amnon of Mainz. aMNoN is a rearrangement of the letters in the Hebrew NeeMaN, faithful. This is a morality tale of a putative Rabbi Faithful who stood fast in the face of adversity. The poem was probably composed as early as the fifth or sixth century by a Byzantine Jewish genius named Yannai, who symbolized anything but Jewish martyrdom in the face of inhuman persecution. Yannai personified a Jewish literary efflorescence rarely matched in the millennium and a half following. Perhaps the story we should be telling every Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish potential for artistic brilliance, Judaism as a well of creative potential, not Judaism as the religion of the persecuted masses. Untaneh Tokef illustrates classic liturgical poetry at its best, an abundance of biblical and rabbinic allusions wed to clever Hebrew wordplay and alliterative excellence. But what about the poems troubling message? While the first half of Who by Fire, Who by Water provides the truly stunning story behind the myth and the poem (alongside an annotated translation of both), the second half elicits commentaries from some 40 thoughtful contributors who tell us how they handle the poems message. Here, arguing over the poems merits, are rabbis and laypeople; men and women from all denominations of Jewish life (some of them artists, writers, scholars, teachers, and musicians); from around the world and spanning generations. Prayer book editors from Europe and North America wrangle over whether to include it, fudge its message, or trash it altogether. Modern feminist and professor Wendy Zierler surveys Untaneh Tokef as a theme in modern literature. Israeli professor Dalia Marx recalls how the poem emerged anew as a symbol of Israelis dying in the Yom Kippur War of her youth. Bible professor Marc Brettler provides the biblical backdrop for the poem, and several writ-</p> <p>ers subject it to literary analysis, exposing its very many poetic virtues. Author and scholar Erica Brown plays with the image of God as writer of our fate: What kind of writing would God prefer? Fiction? Journalism? Scholarship? Who shall live and who shall die? The answer is Me! concludes Rabbi Edward Feinstein, in his insistence that Untaneh Tokef speaks directly to our most cherished illusion that we are in charge of our fate, when, in fact, we are painfully out of control. Isnt that the whole point of the High Holy Days, delivered, in Rabbi DavidX Page 15B</p> <p>at T e m p l e De Hi rs c h Si n a iSelichot Service at Temple Bnai Torah 8:00 pm - Joint service at Temple Bnai Torah! An evening of nosh and celebration culminating at an 8:00 pm service of reection, music and prayerthe ultimate preparation for the High Holy Days.</p> <p>High Holy Days 5771</p> <p>SELICHOT Saturday, September 4th</p> <p>Evening Service* 7:30 pm - Seattle and Bellevue</p> <p>KOL NIDRE Friday, September 17th</p> <p>Evening Service* 7:30 pm - Seattle and Bellevue</p> <p>EREV ROSH HASHANA Wednesday, September 8th</p> <p>Morning Service* 10:00 am - Seattle and Bellevue - OR Kids Kehillah** (Ages 6-9) 10:00 am - Bellevue only Kulanu*** (Ages 5-11 with parents) 10:00 am - Seattle only Family Services (Open to the public) (No ticket needed) 1:30 pm - Seattle and Bellevue Tashlich casting o our sins 3:00 pm - Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island</p> <p>ROSH HASHANA Thursday, September 9th</p> <p>Morning Service* 10:00 am - Seattle and Bellevue - OR Kids Kehillah** (Ages 6-9) 10:00 am - Bellevue only Kulanu*** (Ages 5-11 with parents) 10:00 am - Seattle only Family Services (Open to the public) (No ticket needed) 1:30 pm - Seattle and Bellevue Afternoon, Yizkor &amp; Neilah (Closing) Services : pm - followed by Break-The-Fast Receptions Seattle and Bellevue</p> <p>Y O M K I PPU R Saturday, September 18th</p> <p>Rock Shabbat and Religion School Consecration 6:00 pm - Bellevue</p> <p>SUKKOT CELEBRATION Friday, September 24th</p> <p>10:30 am - Family Service - Bellevue</p> <p>Saturday, September 25th</p> <p>6:00 pm - Rock Shabbat Shuvah Seattle 6:00 pm - Shabbat Kesher Shuvah Bellevue 10:30 am - Shacharit Services - Seattle NO BELLEVUE AM SERVICE</p> <p>SHABBAT SHUVAH Friday, September 10 th</p> <p>Saturday, September 11th</p> <p>Simchat Torah Celebration 7:00 pm - Seattle only Celebrate the Torah byachad (together)!</p> <p>S I M C H A T TO R AH Wednesday, September 29th</p> <p>2:00 pm - Hills of Eternity Cemetery</p> <p>CEMETERY SERVICE Sunday, September 12th</p> <p>* Tickets Required Call 206.323.8486. **Kids Kehillah: Advanced Reservations Required Call Leah Rosenwald at 206.315.7422. ***No Reservations Needed For Kulanu.</p> <p>Seattle Sanctuary Bellevue Sanctuary3850 - 156th SE 1441 - 16th Avenue</p> <p>TEMPLE De Hirsch Sinai</p> <p>(206) 323-8486 www.tdhs-nw.org</p> <p>4B</p> <p>shana tova</p> <p>Jtnews . www.Jtnews.net .</p> <p>friday, septemBer 3, 2010</p> <p>More High Holiday services in our communityBelow is an addendum to our annual High Holiday services guide, which JTNews printed in its August 20 issue. For a full listing, look online at www.jtnews.net/holidays5771.BCMH Capitol Hill Minyan The Capitol Hill Minyan offers traditional Orthodox services and a warm environment in the center of Seattle. Held at 1501 17th Ave., Seattle. Contact Rabbi Ben Aaronson at 206-6597485, capitolhillminyan@gmail.com, or www.capitolhillminyan.com. Selichot (Sept. 4): 11 p.m. at BCMH, 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle. Rosh Hashanah eve: 7:25 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: 8:30 a.m. Shofar: 11:15 a.m. Mincha: 7:20 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: 8:30 a.m. Shofar: 11:15 a.m. Mincha: 7:20 p.m. Kol Nidre: 7 p.m. Yom Kippur day: 8:30 a.m. Yizkor: 11:30 a.m. Mincha: 5:45 p.m. Break-Fast: 8 p.m. Cost for services: No charge for services. The Friendship Circle of Washington High Holiday Unplugged is a blend of services and stories by Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky for children of all abilities. Contact 206-290-6301 or highholiday@friendshipcirclewa.org. Held at The Landing, 5001 25th Ave. NE #200, Seattle. Rosh Hashanah day 1: 10 a.m. Shofar blowing: 11:30 a.m. Call for Yom Kippur program times. Cost for services: No cost, but donations are welcome. Secular Jewish Circle of Puget Sound A secular humanist (non-theistic) celebration of the New Year. Contact 206-5281944 or info@secularjewishcircle.org or secularjewishcircle.org Please call for location. Rosh Hashanah eve: 7-9 p.m. Tashlich Gathering: Sat., Sept. 11, 10 a.m. Kol Nidre: 7-9 p.m. Cost for services: For Rosh Hashanah: Members: Adults $15, children $8, childcare $5; non-members: First adult $45, additional adults $30, child $8, childcare $5 Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation Services are conducted in the traditional Sephardic custom in the style familiar to those of Turkish ancestry, occasionally utilizing the Ladino language in the liturgy. Held at 6500 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. Contact Diana Black at 206-723-3028 Rosh Hashanah eve: Selihoth: 5 a.m. Minha/Arvith: 6:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day Jack HazuT 1: 8 a.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: 8 a.m. Erev Yom Kippur: Minha: 3:30 p.m. Noche de Kippur Service/Kal Nidreh: 7 p.m. Yom Kippur day: 8 a.m. Cost: There is no charge for holiday seating (donations are welcome). Please call to reserve your seat. BellingHaM Congregation Beth israel Most services held at the Leopold Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham Contact Mary Somerville at 360-733-8890, bishul@aol.com or www.bethisraelbellingham.org Sat., Sept. 4 at Beth Israel Synagogue, 2200 Broadway, Bellingham Study session: 9 p.m. Havdalah and Selichot service, led by Rabbi Cindy Enger and Cantor Sharona Feller: 10 p.m. Rosh Hashanah eve: 7:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Morning Service: 9:30 a.m. Family Service: 2:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2 (at Beth Israel Synagogue): Morning Service: 9:30 a.m. Kol Nidre: 7:30 p.m. Yom Kippur day: Morning Service: 9:30 a.m. Family Service: 1:30 p.m. Service of Restorative Prayer and Healing: 3 p.m. Afternoon Service, Yizkor &amp; Neilah, followed by Break-Fast: 4 p.m. Cost for Services: Non-member tickets (does not apply to Selichot service): $180 per person to attend any and all High Holy Day services. 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This is a serious time of introspection and cheshbon nefesh, a spiritual accounting. But Jews being Jews, theres also time for a smile or two. Here are some things to ponder between your introspecting. Or to keep you rolling in the shul aisles. By now, you should have received your High Holiday ticket renewal form. Well, it seems several forward-thinking congregations are now finding it a competitive edge to allow you to specify your seat location. Here are excerpts from one form I came across: I want a seat located (Indicate order of priority:) ___ On the aisle ___ Near the pulpit ___ In Aruba [http://bit.ly/hhh01] On the first night of Rosh Hashanah, there is a tradition to eat foods whose Hebrew names have dual meanings and are omens of an auspicious year to come. We eat apples and honey so You renew us</p> <p>joke?is the time to ask for and grant forgiveness. Well, it appears Stephen Colbert knows that too. Youve probably never met the Colbert Report star, but if you want him to forgive you, all you have to do is leave a message at 1-888-OOPS-JEW after you hear something like this: Shalom, and welcome to Stephen Colberts atonement hotline. At the tone, please be a mensch, and unburden your soul by stating how youve wronged me Stephen Colbert. Your call will not be returned but selected apologies will be played on the air. You should be so lucky. [http://bit.ly/hhh24] In a heated moment, we may let slip some words that would have been best left unsaid. That was true during the last presidential election when things occasionally got out of hand. Here in this video (courtesy Taglit-Birthright) candidates McCain and Obama, Biden and Palin try to get into the Rosh Hashanah forgiveness spirit. [http://bit.ly/hhh11] Life is short. And so is this column. In order to maximize the mirth and to keep you from saying, I heard it already, I present to you five classic High Holiday punch lines. To read the jokes in their entirety, simply visit the Web sites. (Warning: spoiler alert!) (1) Please, says the [synagogue] president with tears in his eyes, Shoot me first! [http://bit.ly/hhh16] (2) Seeing this, the chazzan nudges the rabbi and whispers, So look who thinks hes nothing? [http://bit.ly/hhh17] (3) $4 for the tallis, and $20 to get all the knots out. [http://bit.ly/hhh18] (4) The gabbai came running over and said NOT ON YOU, on the TORAH, on the TORAH!! [http://bit.ly/hhh21] (5) Shush, the parrot says. Think of the odds well get on Yom Kippur. [http://bit.ly/hhh22] Finally, here is Dry Bones comic strip writer Yaakov Kirschens take on Yom Kippur, Israel and world politics: On the Day of Atonement we say, We have sinned. We have sinned. The rest of the year we have the U.N. to tell us that. [http://bit.ly/hhh33]Mark Mietkiewicz is a Toronto-based Internet producer who writes, lectures and teaches about the Jewish Internet. He can be reached at highway@rogers.com.</p> <p>for a good and sweet year, and the head of a fish or sheep so we be as the head and not as the tail. [http://bit.ly/hhh02] Apples and honey and sheeps heads are fine, if you like that sort of thing. But heres one suggestion for an updating of the custom: Cut a raisin in two equal pieces and place it along with a piece of iceberg lettuce in a stalk of celery. While eating this, you should say, Our Father in Heaven, lettuce half a raisin celery. [http://bit.ly/hhh03] Q: Why didnt the computerized shofar work on Rosh Hashanah? A: The rabbi didnt buy enough RAM. [http://bit.ly/hhh28] Speaking of technology and the holidays, a big baseball fan comes running to his rabbi before Yom Kippur. Rabbi, I have a dilemma. The Sox are playing their big game on Yom Kippur. What do I do? The rabbi replies, Well, what do you think they invented DVRs for? And the congregant replies, Rabbi, thats a great idea! But... I didnt know Yom Kippur services were on cable! [http://bit.ly/hhh06] As all good Jews know, Rosh Hashanah</p> <p>Beef Chuck Shoulder Roast</p> <p>Boneless, Glatt Kosher B...</p>