The Days of Awe, part I, the journey begins

By Patricia Hirschl

This is the first of four articles on the High Holidays observed by Jews around the world, as they are experienced in San Miguel with the Shalom San Miguel de Allende community.

On Sunday, September 16, at sundown, Rosh Hashanah, the New Year, 5773 in the traditional Jewish calendar, begins. Anticipation is high even before that night’s festive dinner, joyous service, and calls for a sweet year, symbolized by eating apples dipped in honey. Jewish law, tradition and custom, emphasize thorough preparation. An early commentary, the Mishna, tells us “early righteous ones would meditate for one hour before prayer in order to direct their hearts to God.” (B’rachot 5:1). The Days of Awe are such a complex time that the tradition includes more than a month of preparation for the solemn culmination of the season on Yom Kippur, a day of fasting and repentance.

Sat, Sep 8, 8:30pm
Havdalah followed by service
Quinta Loreto TV Salon
Hotel Quinta Loreto
Loreto 15
contact, 154-5478, 044-415-107-9202

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sun, Sep 16, 7pm
Community dinner followed by service
La Frontera restaurant
Stirling Dickinson 28 local 7
contact, 154-5478, 044-415-107-9202

First Day Rosh Hashanah Service
Mon, Sep 17, 9:30am
Quinta Loreto TV Salon
followed by Kiddush and Taschlich at the arroyo near Vasconcelos School
contact, 154-5478, 044-415-107-9202

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