Thursday, October 20, 2016

Yom Kippur 5777


These are photos from our Yom Kippur service this month.  The one above is of Jonathan, sitting on the front row, listening intently to Rabbi Jem.  Since he loves music, he was fascinated by the Avinu Malkenu and the Kol Nidre.  He's seven years old now, so he was able to read the Machzor along with the congregation.

Our service includes teshuvah (repentance), confession of our sins, and a committment to make amends to anyone we have sinned against.  It is a holy and somber time as we realize anew how much we need His grace and forgiveness.

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After the service, we rejoiced in Yeshua HaMashiach, whose blood makes atonement for our sins, and then we all danced together.  This is the song we sang and danced to: Mashiach ben David by Lenny and Varda.

After the dancing, we all stood in a circle and shared testimonies of G-d's reality in our lives.  Because we've just gone through Hurricane Matthew, we all had grateful hearts and stories of His protection.  Young and old alike shared testimonies.


This little one shared her dream that a hurricane was coming (before it had even formed). Her mother had the same dream. Amazing, right?


Jonathan shared how he and his parents prayed for G-d to "push" the storm away.  His prayer was answered, because the storm wobbled away from our coast.

Here's a picture of our mishpocha, all together, clothed in white, rejoicing in the power of the blood of the Lamb.


It was a blessed time we shared together.  Below, Rabbi Jem and I are standing with two very special children that we dearly love.


To learn more about Yom Kippur, click on this LINK.

As I write this, we are in the middle of our eight-day celebration of Sukkot.  I'll be sharing pictures next week.

Blessings to you, Gail-Friends.

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