Category Archives: Elul
L’ Shana Tova
G’mar Chatimah Tovah
A Sweet and Happy New Year
Nadyne and Jerry Weissman
Judaism Lives in Montana
SOME SUGGESTED TIPS FOR PROPERLY EXECUTING TASHLICH
You may find this list useful.
- For ordinary sins, use – White bread
- For dark sins – Pumpernickel
- For truly warped sins – Pretzels
- For sins committed in haste – Matzah
- For committing arson – Toast
- For silliness – Nut bread
- For excessive use of irony – Rye bread
- For hardening our hearts – Jelly doughnuts
- For speed-limit violations – Russian bread
- For exotic sins – French or Italian bread
- For complex sins – Multigrain bread
- For sins of indecision – Waffles
- For substance abuse – Poppy seed rolls
- For being ill-tempered – Sourdough bread
- For not giving full value – Shortbread
- For continual bad jokes – Corn bread
- For excessive curiosity – Wonder Bread
- For usury – dough
Our sincere condolences to Orley Zilkha from the Aitz Chaim Great Falls Jewish Community on the death of her father, Abraham Zilkha. May his memory be for a blessing.
Dear Chevra, Friends,
Along with festive meals, sweet round challah, and the sound of the shofar being blown, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, brings with it infinite possibilities.
Every year, as the Hebrew month of Elul comes to a close, I wonder if I’ve done enough – if I’ve used the time I’ve been granted to prepare adequately for the Days of Awe. Have I reflected, planned, and taken stock enough for the days ahead?
Once Yom Kippur is over, we will have fully transitioned into a new year. Am I ready?
This gift of time to prepare and ready ourselves for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur can be seen as a parallel to our lives. The U¬netanah Tokef prayer that we read on both holidays reminds us of the liminal space the 10 days in between the holidays exist. We read:
“…On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed,
And on Yom Kippur it is sealed.
How many shall pass away and how many shall be born,
Who shall live and who shall die,
Who shall reach the end of their days and who shall not…”
What if we viewed the month of Elul as a microcosm of the journey that is our lives and the Days of Awe as the end of that journey, a space of transition? We might then see every day of our lives as an opportunity to live intentionally and fully. To connect spiritually and with those we love. To check-in, take stock, amend, and plan.
Because so many of us are engaged in thinking about end of life, serving others, and connecting deeply with the Jewish end-of-life framework, this community is filled with awareness and curiosity about living a full and meaningful life.
With gratitude for all that you do to bring honor and comfort to others, I wish you a Shanah Tovah, a good year. May we continue to provide support, care, and teach others the power of end-of-life rituals, so that all may access them when they are most needed.
I’m sad not to be joining you yet again for HH. I hope everyone is doing well!! Such strange and challenging times we live in!
Wishing you all a healthy, sweet year, one where we continue to grow, learn, and heal ourselves and our world.
Rabbi Ruz Gulko
- WHAT? Dinner tomorrow evening, September 19, 2022, 23 Elul, 5882, 6:00PM
- WITH WHOM? Patricia Salkin, the Provost at the new Tuoro medical school being built in Great Falls
- WHERE? Celtic Cowboy Pub and Restaurant, 116 1st Ave. S.
She would like to meet as many members of our Jewish community as possible. Yes this is last minute, but we did mention it at the last service.
Submitted by Aaron Weissman
The U.S. and the Holocaust premieres Sunday, September 18, 2022, at 8:00PM, 7:00PM Central, on PBS.
This 3-part, 6-hour Ken Burns series examines America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises in history.
The new film from Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein examines the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany in the context of global antisemitism and racism, immigration and eugenics in the United States, and race laws in the American south. It is inspired in part by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s “Americans and the Holocaust” exhibition and supported by its historical resources.
For more information, click here.