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If you need a copy of the TOL High Holiday Schedule of Services for 2014, it is on the first page of the TOL Newsletter for September - October

Rabbi Joe's Weekly Message

Week of September 28

We Can Do Better

Rabbi Joseph Hample

Could we be better people? Of course we could. We could smile more, wave more, try harder to remember names. We could be more patient with our family, friends, colleagues. At intersections we could wait for pedestrians, and for other drivers entering the flow of traffic from side streets. In restaurants we could be more tolerant when our harried server is slow to refill our drink. In conversation we could let others have the last word, even if they don't know what they're talking about. Their feelings are more important than some factual technicality.

Could we be a better people? Of course we could. As Jews we often wallow in a sense of victimhood. Certainly there have been times and places where Jews were persecuted, even massacred. But here and now we enjoy wealth and power beyond the dreams of most human beings. This privilege comes with the responsibility to work on compassion every day, every hour. Let us never speak dismissively of those who lack our advantages. They may not have a fancy education or career or lifestyle, but they are still created in God's image. We honor God by loving our neighbor, every kind of neighbor.

Could we be more religious? But what does it mean to be more religious? Is it more religious to pray in Hebrew, even if we don't understand it? Or is it more religious to pray in a language we understand? Would we be more religious if we didn't eat pork? What if we don't like pork: does that make us extra holy, or does it nullify the significance of obeying the rule? "More religious" can only mean more conscious of the spiritual, more alert to the intangible, more open to the transcendent. Maybe no one else will notice when you are more religious. But you will notice.

Could we find a more convenient time to repent? I know I could: this is my busiest ten days of the year. For those of you on academic calendars, you're just settling into the fall semester. For those of you in retail businesses, you're approaching your peak season, Halloween through December. But the knowledge that our kith and kin are repenting this very week, all over the world, gives us a special kind of momentum as we confront this onerous task. If Jews old and young, Ashkenazic and Sephardic, modern and traditional, in America and Europe and the Middle East and the former Soviet Union, can grab this annual opportunity to reflect on the purpose of their existence, so can we.

Do we really have to fast on Yom Kippur? No and yes. Even if you're nibbling on corn flakes or a BLT, you are still fasting, I can tell. You're fasting from your doubt and your skepticism and your apathy. You're fasting from the illusion that your destiny is oblivion, that your actions have no consequence, that your life has no meaning. You're reaching out for the invisible world, the ineffable Name, our infinite Parent. Most of the time we sell ourselves short, we resign ourselves to our limitations. This year, this week, this day, we renounce our fatalism. We can do better.

Yizkor Book Announcement

The Yizkor Book for 2014 - 5775 will be coming out at the High Holidays. There are dedicatory pages. The donation schedule is: Front Inside cover--$200; Back inside cover--$160; Full page--$135; Half page--$85; Quarter Page--$60. Because of spacing concerns, we may need to limit the number of names per dedicatory page.

For the regular dedicatory list of family and friends, the cost per name for TOL members is $12; the cost per name for non-members is $20.

The names of those who passed away during the previous year, and those on our memorial boards, are automatically listed without charge. However, annual listings must be renewed; those names do not roll over.

Send all submissions and donations to:

Sylvia L. Cooper
102 Forest Drive
Morgantown, WV 26505

Make all checks payable to Tree of Life.

The absolute deadline for inclusion in the Yizkor Book is September 3. Names received after that deadline will be listed on an insert.

High Holiday Schedule of Services, 2014

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 7:00-9:00 PM
Bimah for Dummies class
Saturday, Sept. 20, 7:00-10:00 PM
S'lichot program & movie (The Quarrel) and prayer service
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7:30 PM
Erev Rosh ha-Shanah & Kiddush after service
Thursday, Sept. 25
Rosh ha-Shanah Morning
Children's service 9:15-10:00 AM
Service 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Tashlich 12:30 PM
Friday, Sept. 26 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Rosh ha-Shanah Second Day
Friday, Oct. 3, 7:30 PM
Kol Nidrei service
Saturday, Oct. 4
Yom Kippur
Children's service 9:15-10:00 AM
Morning service begins 10:00 AM
Break 12:30 PM
Rabbi's Tish 2:30-3:30 PM
Music & Reading of names/memorial 3:30-4:30 PM
Afternoon Service 4:30 PM
Yizkor 6:00 PM
N'ilah 7:00 PM
Havdalah 7:45 PM
Break-the-Fast after Havdalah
Friday, Oct. 10, 6:30-8:30 PM
Pizza in the Hut & Sukkot service
Friday, Oct. 17 6:00-8:30 PM
Family Shabbat & Simchat Torah service

High Holiday Schedule in PDF to print

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