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NH's synagogues mark High Holy Days

By MARK HAYWARD
New Hampshire Union Leader

September 21. 2017 10:36AM




Jewish synagogues across New Hampshire marked the start of the Jewish new year Wednesday night, the beginning of the 10-day High Holy Days period that ends on Sept. 30.

Evening Erev Rosh Hashanah services were scheduled in New Hampshire synagogues for Wednesday night. Chabad Lubavitch in Manchester laid out a four-course dinner, where Rabbi Levi Krinsky expected 60 diners to gather to mark the start of the Jewish Year 5778.

The holy days are a period of introspection, Krinsky said. A new year is traditionally a time for taking stock of one’s self, he said. And then on Sept. 30, Yom Kippur, observant Jews fast and seek atonement for sins.

“The world seems to be trembling with hurricanes and earthquakes. What’s the message? We’re fragile, we’re delicate. Make every minute count,” Krinsky said.

He estimates that New Hampshire is home to 8,000 to 9,000 Jews. The Manchester-based Jewish Reporter lists 12 synagogues and Krinsky’s Chabad holding services and celebrations over these 10 days.

Rosh Hashanah is actually two days: morning services are scheduled for today and Friday in many synagogues.

Today’s service involves the blowing of the Shofar, or ram’s horn. “It’s a wake up call, a coronation. God is the king of the Earth,” Krinsky said.

Sabbath starts Friday night, meaning three holy days will occur in a row this year, Krinsky said.

Observant Jews will take off the two days of Rosh Hashanah from work and school, Krinsky said. Yom Kippur is another holy day; it falls on a Saturday this year.


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