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Shabbat Minyan

Shabbat Minyan

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At the CHAI Shul Shabbat Tefilah is traditional. Prayers are led by our revered and much beloved Rabbi, and chanted by members of our minyan. Services are conducted primarily in Hebrew, with some English passages sprinkled in for further understanding. The truth is that only each individual among us knows how he or she best communicates with G‑d. At Chabad CHAI the language you use or the pace you set for yourself are not of paramount importance. Our prayer books are written in both Hebrew and English, and the page numbers are announced continuously so you may always catch up if you prefer to meditate at a slower speed. Please connect with the day and with G‑d and with your own soul in whatever personal manner suits you best.

The tunes are old, familiar ones, and they are sung by those of us who know the words and by those of us who can only hum along, with all the gusto befitting the joy of the Shabbat.

During the section of the service dedicated to reading from the Torah, the Rabbi guides us through the weekly Torah portion aliyah by aliyah, briefly commenting on the meaning of each of the passages we are about to read. This is the most popular part of the service.

D'var Torah

Each week, our learned Rabbi enlightens us by expounding upon the meaning of the Torah section we have just completed. He guides each of us on a weekly journey from ancient times to the present, by opening our eyes not merely to the words in the Holy Book, but to the unspoken allegories the words reflect. Shabbat after Shabbat, he synthesizes the Torah stories and directives, and relates their messages so that we may grow from them as we incorporate them into our contemporary hectic lifestyles. Remarkably, his message manages to be universal and personal simultaneously, and touches each of us, regardless of the mile markers on our individual spiritual highways. 

 

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