Shana Tova U’metukah!

Shana Tova Umetukah

Wishing all a Good and Sweet New Year



Game Day! Saturday Morning Service and Saturday Evening Selichot


As we prepare for the High Holidays and reflect on where we’ve been, what we’ve seen, and on where we’d like to go on our trek through this world, this Saturday brings us the opportunity to jump in with both feet!

Saturday morning, Shabbat services are happening in usual form at Temple Micah, Adas Israel, and this week Hill Havurah will be holding it’s monthly Saturday shabbat service!

And while I fully understand that for some of us, Saturday is also “Game Day” [Go Irish!], conveniently, you can still squeeze in a Selichot service.  The service at Adas starts at 9:30pm and the service at Micah begins at 10:30pm.

Let’s us know which service(s) you plan to attend [or what team you’re rooting for!]

Play Ball! Meet-up Information for Sunday’s Game


Meet me at Nat’s Park on Sunday to pick up your tickets and T-shirts.

Specifically, at the Half Street entrance, to the right at 12:45pm.  Look for umbrella with a Grand Slam Sunday T-Shirt on it!

We’ll be sitting in the Scoreboard Pavillion Section (240) Row J (I know! How appropriate!).  Erica Steen from the DCJCC still has some tickets left in that section. Purchase here if you can join us!

See you Sunday!



Totally Tubular!

Join our friends at Hill Havurah for a Sukkah Building Demo/Happy Hour!

August 16 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm

WHEN:  Sunday, August 16th, 6:30pm-8:00pm
WHERE:  Home of Marlene Zakai, 646 5th Street, NE
WHO:  Adults over 21, please
WHAT:  Build a Sukkah, and enjoy beer, wine, snacks and great company!
RSVP:  Email to confirm your attendance

See what we’ll build by visiting:

Speaking of tithing…(Parshat Re’eh)


Last week in the Republican primary debate, presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson offered tithing as part of the basis for his tax plan.

Yesterday, during our discussion of Parshat Re’eh,  we also discussed the concept of tithing:

Deuteronomy Chapter 14, verses 27-29:  “But do not neglect the Levite in your community, for he has no hereditary portion as you have. Every third year you shall bring out the full tithe of your yield of that year, but leave it within your settlements.  Then the Levite, who has no hereditary portion as you have, and the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow in your settlements shall come and eat their fill, so that the L-rd your G-d may bless you in all the enterprises you undertake”

Deuteronomy Chapter 15, verse 11:  “For there will never cease to be needy ones in your land, which is why I command you:  open your hand to the poor and needy kinsman in your land.”

What does tithing mean to you?  Is it on your mind this week?

As we approach Rosh Hodesh Elul this Sunday (yes, this Sunday already!), what are your thoughts or reflections as we wrap up 5775 in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah 5776?

As many of you know, we have a pretty cool Torah study group happening on the Hill on Sunday mornings, 10:00 am, (email for deets) and we’d really love to hear your thoughts on the Parsha – either in the comments section or just hit “reply-all” if you’re receiving this via the LCVY Google Group

Authority, Re-Telling, and Deuteronomy

We are rolling through the fifth and final segment of LCVY’s “Parahsah Challenge,” three weeks into study of the Book of Deuteronomy.

The idea of re-telling is challenging and inspiring the Hill Torah Discussion group, and we’d love to hear your thoughts as well….

Deuteronomy of OUR Lives

Deuteronomy means “retelling,” and throughout the book we hear stories previously told by the disembodied narrator retold in Moses’ voice. Often we notice that things are not reported in Moses’ voice quite the same way they were told in Exodus or Numbers. And, of course, we all know that one family will have many different tales for one event in which many members participated — and the tales grow and change as the tellers do.

Rabbi Diane O. (Cohler) Esses wrote some years back about this important theme, suggesting that we take the opportunity of these readings in Devarim/Deuteronomy — which come as we approach Elul and the forty days that lead us toward the days of awe — to do some of our own re-telling:

(Re)telling Your Own (Heretical) Story….Name the authorities that you had as a child and the sources of authority you relate to now. Trace your evolution, and then try to envision [a future path ]….Do you want to be more of an authority yourself? What sources of authority would you like to drawn on? How would you ideally like to wield authority? Answers to these questions will both revise and revitalize our ancestral history.
— Diane Esses in Lifecycles v.2: Jewish Women on Biblical Themes in Contemporary Life
Orenstein, Debra and Jane Litman, eds. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights, 1998.
Longer excerpt and more at Song Every Day

Share the Telling

As we enter the period of introspection that closes the old year and head toward the new, tell fellow L’Chaim V’Yayin folk about some of the authorities in your life and how they’ve changed. In particular, (how) has your sense of “authority” in reading Torah changed over the years? in the past year? Any hopes in this regard for the new year?

Please share thoughts — and any “authorities,” be they your own ideas, Torah commentary, poetry, visual arts, etc.