Category Archives: Shabbat & Holidays

New at MCJC: Monthly Community Havdalah Program

This past month, we began a new program at MCJC to extend our time together on Shabbat: a monthly MCJC Community Havdalah program.

We will meet at 3:30 pm on Shabbat afternoons for light fare, Zemirot and Talmud Torah. The program has an adult focus.

Upcoming dates for this MCJC Community Havdalahprogram are:

Saturday, December 15, 3:30 pm
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 3:30 pm

We hope you will join us on Shabbat for community sharing, prayer and study.

Important Winter Program Date Changes

Following a decision of the Ritual Committee, please note the following winter program changes:

NO MCJC COMMUNITY SHABBAT POTLUCK — WINTER BREAK 

  • Friday, December 7, 2018
    (TOMORROW NIGHT)
  • Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Friday, December 21, 2018
  • Friday, December 28, 2018
  • Friday, January 4, 2019
  • Friday, January 11, 2019

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MCJC COMMUNITY HAVDALAH 
We will meet at 3:30 pm Shabbat afternoon for light fare, Zemirot and Talmud Torah. The program has an adult focus.
Saturday, December 15, 3:30 pm
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 3:30 pm

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COMMUNITY SHABBAT & POTLUCK DINNERS RESUME
Friday, January 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Our next MCJC COMMUNITY SHABBAT & POTLUCK DINNER

Please note these date changes in your calendar and watch for additional information in your weekly e-nouncements.

Songs, Meditations and Prayers for Community Shabbat

Song: Halleluyah ~ (Leonard Cohen)
Well I’ve heard there was a secret chord,
That David played and it pleased the Lord,
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
Well it goes like this: The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift,
The baffled king composing,
Hallelujah.

Maybe there’s a God above,
But all I’ve ever learned from love,
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya.
And it’s not a cry that you hear at night,
It’s not somebody who’s seen the light,
It’s a cold and it’s a broken, Hallelujah.

From: Psalm 150
Hallelu El bekodsho halleluhu birkia uzo
Halleluhu bi-g’vurotav; halleluhu k’rov gudlo.
Halleluhu b’teika Shofar, halleluhu b’neivel v’chinor. 
Hallelu b’tof u’machol; halleluhu b’minim v’ugav.
Halleluhu b’tziltzilei shama; halleluhu b’tziltzilei t’ruah.
Kol ha-neshama tehallel Yah halleluyah.

הַלְלוּ-אֵל בְּקָדְשׁו;  הַלְלוּהוּ, בִּרְקִיעַ עֻזּוֹ
הַלְלוּהוּ בִגְבוּרֹתָיו;  הַלְלוּהוּ, כְּרֹב גֻּדְלוֹ
הַלְלוּהוּ, בְּתֵקַע שׁוֹפָר;  הַלְלוּהוּ, בְּנֵבֶל וְכִנּוֹר
הַלְלוּהוּ, בְּתֹף וּמָחוֹל;  הַלְלוּהוּ, בְּמִנִּים וְעֻגָב
הַלְלוּהוּ בְצִלְצְלֵי-שָׁמַע;  הַלְלוּהוּ, בְּצִלְצְלֵי תְרוּעָה
כֹּל הַנְּשָׁמָה, תְּהַלֵּל יָהּ:   הַלְלוּ-יָהּ

Song: The World is a Narrow Bridge 
(Gesher Tzar Meod ~ Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav)

The whole world is a very narrow bridge.
It is never too late,
To start over again,
To feel again,
To love again,
To hope again.
And the main thing is, do not to be afraid.

Kol ha-o-lam ku-lo gesher tzar me’od
V’ha-i-kar lo l’fached klal.

כל העולם כלו גשר צר מאד והעקר לא לפחד כלל

A Healing Prayer
Mi sheberach avoteinu
M’kor habrachah l’imoteinu

מִי שֶׁבֵּרַךְ אֲבוֹתֵֽנוּ מְקוֹר הַבְּרָכָה לְאִמּוֹתֵֽנוּ

May the source of strength who blessed the ones before us,
Help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing
And let us say: Amen.

Mi sheberach imoteinu
M’kor habrachah l’avoteinu

מִי שֶׁבֵּרַךְ אִמּוֹתֵֽנוּ מְקוֹר הַבְּרָכָה לַאֲבוֹתֵֽנוּ

Bless those in need of healing with refuah sh’leimah
The renewal of body, the renewal of spirit
And let us say: Amen.

 Reading: We Remember Them
We remember them at the rising of the sun and at its going down; we remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we remember them.
At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember them.
At the shining of the sun and in the warmth of summer, we remember them.
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember them.
At the beginning of the year and at its end, we remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
For they are now part of us, as we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember them.

When we have joy we crave to share, we remember them.
When we have decisions that are difficult to make, we remember them.
When we have achievements that are based on theirs, we remember them.
As long as we live, they, too, will live;
For they are now part of us, as we remember them. ~ (Rabbi Jack Reimer)

Psalm 23: The Lord is my Shepherd 
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,  for You are with me.

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Mizmor le’David, Adonai roi lo echsar.
Binot desheh yarbitzaini, al mei menuchot y’nahaleini.
Nafshi yeshovev yancheini bemag’lei tzedek l’maan shemo.
Gam ki elech be’gei tzalmavet, lo ira ra ki atah imadi,

Shivtecha u’mishantecha hema y’nachamuni.
Ta’aroch lefanai shulchan neged tzorirai dishanta vashemen roshi, cosi rivaya.
Ach tov va’chesed yirdifuni kol yemei chayai v’shavti b’veit haShem l’orech yamim.

מִזְמור לְדָוִד,
ה׳ רֹעִי לֹא אֶחְסָר.
בִּנְאוֹת דֶשֶׁא יֵרְבִּיצֵנִי,
עַל-מֵי מְנֻחוֹת
יְנַהֲלֵנִי.
נַפְשִׁי יְשׁוֹבֵב, יַנְחֵנִי
בְמַעְגְלֵי-צֶדֶק לְמֵעֵן
שְׁמוֹ.
גַם כִּי-אֵלֵךְ בְּגֵיא
צַלְמָוֶת לֹא-אִירָא רָע
כִּי-אַתָּה עִמָדִי, שִׁבְטְךָ
וּמִשְׁעַנְתֶּךָ הֵמָה
יְנַחֲמֻנִי.
תַּעֲרֹךְ לְפָנַי
שֻׁלְחָן נֶגֶד צֹרְרָי,
דִשַנְתָּ בַשֶמֶן
רֹאשִי כּוֹסִי רְוָיָה.
אַךְ, טוֹב וָחֶסֶד
יִרְדְפוּנִי כָּל-יְמֵי חַיָי,
וְשַׁבְתִּי בְּבֵית-ה׳
לְאֹרֶךְ יָמִים

Children’s Blessings:
For sons, the introductory line is:
May God make you like Ephraim and Menashe.
Y’simcha Elohim k’Efraim v’chi-Menashe.
יְשִׂימְךָ אֱלהיִם כְּאֶפְרַיְם וְכִמְנַשֶּׁה

For daughters, the introductory line is:
May God make you like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah.
Y’simech Elohim k’Sarah Rivka Rachel v’Leah.
יְשִׂימֵךְ אֱלהיִם כְּשָׂרָה רִבְקָה רָחֵל וְלֵאָה

For both sons and daughters, the rest of the blessing is:
May God bless you and guard you.
Y’varechecha Adonai v’Yismerecha.
יְבָרֶכְךָ יְהוָה וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ

May the light of God shine upon you, and may God be gracious to you.
Ya’er Adonai Panav Elecha v’chuneka.
יָאֵר יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וִיחֻנֶּךָּ

May the presence of God be with you and give you peace.
Yisa Adonai panav eleicha v’yasem lecha Shalom.
יִשָּׂא יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלום

Song: Sanctuary
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. And with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living Sanctuary within You.

Kaddish
Yitgadal v’yitkadash sh’mei raba b’alma di-v’ra
chirutei, v’yamlich malchutei b’chayeichon
uvyomeichon uvchayei d’chol beit yisrael, ba’agala
uvizman kariv, v’im’ru: “amen.”
Y’hei sh’mei raba m’varach l’alam ul’almei almaya.
Yitbarach v’yishtabach, v’yitpa’ar v’yitromam
v’yitnaseh, v’yithadar v’yit’aleh v’yit’halal sh’mei
d’kud’sha, b’rich hu,
l’eila min-kol-birchata v’shirata, tushb’chata
v’nechemata da’amiran b’alma, v’im’ru: “amen.”
Y’hei shlama raba min-sh’maya v’chayim aleinu
v’al-kol-yisrael, v’im’ru: “amen.”
Oseh shalom bimromav, hu ya’aseh shalom aleinu

בל: יִתְגַּדַּל וְיִתְקַדַּשׁ שְׁמֵהּ רַבָּא. [קהל: אמן]
בְּעָלְמָא דִּי בְרָא כִרְעוּתֵהּ וְיַמְלִיךְ מַלְכוּתֵהּ בְּחַיֵּיכון וּבְיומֵיכון וּבְחַיֵּי דְכָל בֵּית יִשרָאֵל בַּעֲגָלָא וּבִזְמַן קָרִיב, וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן: [קהל: אמן]
קהל ואבל: יְהֵא שְׁמֵהּ רַבָּא מְבָרַךְ לְעָלַם וּלְעָלְמֵי עָלְמַיָּא:
אבל: יִתְבָּרַךְ וְיִשְׁתַּבַּח וְיִתְפָּאַר וְיִתְרומַם וְיִתְנַשּא וְיִתְהַדָּר וְיִתְעַלֶּה וְיִתְהַלָּל שְׁמֵהּ דְּקֻדְשָׁא. בְּרִיךְ הוּא. [קהל: בריך הוא:]
לְעֵלָּא מִן כָּל בִּרְכָתָא בעשי”ת: לְעֵלָּא לְעֵלָּא מִכָּל וְשִׁירָתָא תֻּשְׁבְּחָתָא וְנֶחֱמָתָא דַּאֲמִירָן בְּעָלְמָא. וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן: [קהל: אמן]
יְהֵא שְׁלָמָא רַבָּא מִן שְׁמַיָּא וְחַיִּים עָלֵינוּ וְעַל כָּל יִשרָאֵל. וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן: [קהל:אמן]
עושה שָׁלום בעשי”ת: הַשָּׁלום בִּמְרומָיו הוּא יַעֲשה שָׁלום עָלֵינוּ וְעַל כָּל יִשרָאֵל וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן: [קהל: אמן]

Mourners’ Kaddish (English Translation)

Glorified and sanctified be God’s great name throughout the world
which He has created according to His will.

May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days,
and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon;
and say, Amen.

May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity.

Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored,
adored and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He,
beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that
are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen.

May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us
and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

He who creates peace in His celestial heights,
may He create peace for us and for all Israel;
and say, Amen.

From Rabbi Tom: Shabbat — Fire & Light
The whole world has a connection and relationship with holiness. On Shabbat, the internal light of everything is revealed. And to see it, all that is required is to let the light in. (Rabbi Yehudi Aryeh Leib Alter, 1847-1905

Elie Wiesel told of a poet who was asked what he would save from his burning home. He could save only one thing. What would it be? The poet answered that he would save the fire itself, for without the fire, life would not be worth living.

In the first act of Creation, light is the source of all energy: fire. Soon afterwards comes the crowning event of Creation, the Shabbat. And when the first Shabbat is over, Adam watches as the sun sets for the first time. An ever-deepening gloom unfolds, and Adam’s heart is filled with terror, lost in the absolute monopoly of the darkness.

Then God takes pity on Adam and gives him two stones to rub together, to discover the fire. The name of one stone is afelah, darkness, and the other is mavet, death. As the spark of the fire emerges, out of the darkness and death, Adam exclaims, “Blessed be the Creator of The Lights of Fire.”

In the Jewish tradition, both light and fire are gifts of God. Both are integral parts of a symbiotic relationship where God and humanity – the infinite and the finite – collaborate, as co-creators, in the ongoing quest to complete Creation.

It is in that between space that we are presented with our most difficult challenges … to hold on to a deep commitment to our personal values while at the same time embracing a deep respect for people of different commitments … to dance with the unknown and the known, to become sacred skeptics and lifelong learners, and at the same time to strive for an absolute Truth, for Divine perfection … and to dwell in our dreams of what could be, even as we get our hands dirty with the everyday work of repairing our current realities.

We all yearn for those basic human needs that transcend time: the human need for meaning, for purposeful connection, for wonderment for being amazed. And each one of us, at some moment in life, has felt the Presence of God, even if we haven’t the words to describe it, or the concepts to explain it.

Shabbat is that reminder, that inspiration, to hold and to cherish those moments, no matter how few and how fleeting. To learn from them and to remain loyal to them, especially when they fade far and fast into our past.

Shabbat is where the light of grace and awareness, hesed, and the fire of creativity and power, gevurah, reside together. It is a time when we imagine a complete peace, human to human, and between all of Creation. The greatest revelation of Godliness, the holy book, the Zohar, teaches it is the light that emerges from darkness.

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Tom Samuels, MCJC

 

McHenry County Jewish Congregation
8617 Ridgefield Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60012
815-455-1810
www.mcjconline.org

MEET SUNNY THE WONDER CHICKEN! — Saturday, October 20 (RSVP deadline Oct. 17)

MEET SUNNY THE WONDER CHICKEN!

Havdala Potluck Picnic & Bonfire
Saturday, October 20, 5 pm
ELLENDALE

Home of Ellen & Dale Morton
2321 S. Cherry Valley Road, Woodstock, IL.

All MCJC members and their family and friends are invited to spend an autumn evening at Ellendale, a small farm just three miles from MCJC. Come meet (or get reacquainted with) Sunny the Wonder Chicken and her sisters, walk the grounds, and enjoy a good meal, a Havdala service, and a bonfire.

Dress for the weather and the location—there’s plenty of room inside if the weather conspires against us.

Parking is available in a pasture if you bear to the left after pulling into the driveway.

Please bring a folding chair for each member of your party, and a veggie/dairy dish to pass.

Please RSVP to Ellen at ellen.r.morton@gmail.com or 815-353-0819 by October 17, and let her know what you plan to bring. You can also register on this site.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 20th! Don’t forget to RSVP so we know how many to plan for!

High Holy Days Tickets for Non-Members

The High Holy Days at MCJC are unique and special. Our own members lead the services, making these co-creative and empowering experiences for all. Make this the year you become part of what makes the High Holy Days such a special time at MCJC.

We welcome non-members and guests to share the High Holy Days with us,  but ask that you RSVP in advance and consider making a donation to MCJC. You can purchase your non-member High Holy Day tickets below.

​For more information, please contact Rabbi Tom rabbi@mcjconline.org.

HIGH HOLY DAYS TICKETS

High Holy Day services for non-members:

FOR SECURE CREDIT CARD & PAYPAL PAYMENTS
Other Amount: USD

Thank you for supporting MCJC and sharing the High Holy Days with us this year.

Passover 2018: It All Starts with a Question

Passover 2018: It All Starts with a Question

In the Jewish tradition, there’s a sense that everything gets moving as a result of a problem, a question, a Machloket in Hebrew. That even the most provocative question is still better than no question because, in the words of Rabbi Professor Donniel Hartman, questions, questioning, push at the limits of the sort of silent conspiracy of the way things have to be.