Rosh Hashanah is over.
It is back to work and school and routines
after three days of eating and praying for some,
and trips to state parks and nature reserves for others.
Now in Jerusalem, Israel,
it is time to prepare for Yom Kippur.
The late night Selihot are a major tourist attraction.
These special prayer services are now accompanied by music.
Most of the words are the same as boring recitations of old.
To get you in the mood, and save you hours of sleep,
here are a few short videos from recent years.
I was on my way home from the Kotel, the Western Wall,
going through the Old City late at night,
when I heard the beautiful sounds of these selihot.
I had to stop and listen to Chizki Sofer,
and share the beautiful service he led.
Another star is Yitzhak Meir,
who was invited to lead the services at Beit Hanasi,
the Israeli President’s Residence, two years ago.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin got up to participate.
Last year there was a different musical tradition
with Sephardi Chazan Chaim Israel.
Once again President Rivlin sang, this time
calling for “charity and good deeds.”
The traditional greeting this time of year
גמר חתימה טובה
May all be sealed for a good year
will again be displayed on Jerusalem buses.
10 thoughts on “Jerusalem Preparing for Yom Kippur”
kol hakavod Sharon. very inspiring videos. gmar chatima tovah to you and your wonderful family. may you have much nachat from your children and grandchlildren.
Thank you Joani. All the best to your family, hope to see you all here one day soon. Gmar tov
Hi. Wishing you a Shana tova. Gmar tov. Have a meaningful and easy fast. Love.
Thank you. Gmar Tov Well over the fast and all the best to and for your family.
Such a beautiful Yom Tov gift, Sharon – mi ke’amcha Yisrael – May Hashem hear our tefilot and look only at our zechuyot.
Gmar chatimah tovah lekulam,
Todah. Amen. I think of you every time I use a holiday bus sign. Gmar Tov.
Beautiful. Just beautiful. G’mar chatimah tovah to you, Sharon, u’l’chol Am Yisrael!
Thanks. Just thank you! G’mar tov.
You outdid yourself.
I enjoy and appreciate all your emails.
I trust that you and all your family were inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life.
Ruth Thank you. Off to good start, new grandson born after Yom Kippur.