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Shofar at Kutzky Park marks beginning of Jewish High Holidays

A 30-minute program gives observant Jews easy way to observe the holiest of their holidays

Rabbi Shloime Greene, a leader of the Chabad of Southern Minnesota, demonstrates blowing a ram’s horn shofar Sept. 14, 2020.
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ROCHESTER — The Chabad of Southern Minnesota is inviting the public to join in Jewish High Holidays observations.

A Community Tashlich and Shofar Service will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 at Kutzky Park near the park playground.

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The Tashlich is a Rosh Hashanah prayer and ritual of casting away sins that is typically performed near a flowing body of water.

The sounding of the shofar, a ram horn, will follow the prayer.

The program is a shortened 30-minute public event for people who might not be able to attend full Rosh Hashanah services, said Rabbi Shloime Greene.


Hearing the shofar sound is the most important deed, or mitzvah, Jews perform in a given year, Greene said. That’s because it’s the only holiday mitzvah in which a blessing is said.

While the ritual itself is important, the thought put behind the actions is what counts, Greene said. The short public program is a way for Jews of all persuasion and background to observe the holiday and help remove any barriers people might have in doing so, Greene said.

However, it’s the thought behind the actions that counts, he added.

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“There’s an intention,” Greene said. “The idea is, we live for this moment.”

Rosh Hashanah is observed this year beginning sundown on Sunday, Sept. 25 through nightfall on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Yom Kippur begins Tuesday, Oct. 4 at sundown until nightfall on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

John Molseed joined the Post Bulletin in 2018. He covers arts, culture, entertainment, nature and other fun stories he's surprised he gets paid to cover. When he's not writing articles about Southeast Minnesota artists and musicians, he's either picking banjo, brewing beer, biking or looking for other hobbies that begin with the letter "b." Readers can reach John at 507-285-7713 or jmolseed@postbulletin.com.
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