Boys and girls, I wish you a meaningful Yom Kippur.
I am the goat of Yom Kippur. I hope you can see my picture of me and my goatee in this email. I will be at Shaarey Tphiloh tomorrow for the children’s service at 10:30 a.m.. I am a virtual replica of the ancient goat from Temple times.
Have you heard of the scapegoat? That’s me. You can blame me for everything, and I can handle it. Whisper your sins to me and any wrongdoing will be made better.
In the ancient Temple, the high priest put his hands on one goat and sent it off somewhere with the sins of Israel, and one goat went to God. Rabbi Akiva Herzfeld will read this section from the Torah scroll in shul tomorrow.
I’ll be by the shul representing a different perspective on the Torah reading.
My name is Stew, and I’m from Ten Apple Farm of Maine. I don’t know where I’m headed this year, but I know I will be at shul on Yom Kippur. I hope you can join me in prayyyyerr.
I am a grand metaphor. I am the goat-ified Law of God. You will see me and behold Awe and Ehhhhs.
If you have done wrong, you can tell me and I can take care of it.
Service times at Shaarey Tphiloh:
Kol Nidre: 6:30 p.m. Saturday Morning: 8:30 a.m.
Children’s Service (with Stew the goat): 10:30 a.m.
Yizkor 11 a.m.
Healing Service 4:30 p.m. Mincha 5:30 p.m.
Final Shofar: 7:30 p.m.
Good yomtov and a good year.
Rabbi Akiva Herzfeld
Cong. Shaarey Tphiloh
76 Noyes Street
Portland, Maine 04103