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The Goat of Yom Kippur

September 13th, 2013
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Stew will be making a special appearance, playing the role of "scapegoat" at Congregation Shaaray Tphiloh Yom Kippur services this year.
Stew will be making a special appearance, playing the role of “scapegoat,” at Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh Yom Kippur services this year.

Dear Friends,

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
www.mainesynagogue.org/wp

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Happy Joyous Ginge-a-gogue!

December 5th, 2012
Margaret, Beatrice and Charlotte carefully decorate

Margaret, Beatrice and Charlotte carefully decorate

It’s that time of year again: the Hanukkah table is set up in the living room and ready for the menorah and the presents, Songs in the Key of Hanukkah and Hanukkah Rocks! are on stereo rotation, and several pounds of gingerbread have been rolled and baked for the creation of this year’s ginge-a-gogue (the spelling, like Hanukkah/Chanukkah, is up for debate). Slathered with royal icing and loaded down with as much stale candy as it can bear, the ginge-a-gogue seems to get more elaborate every year. And as the girls get older, the vision has become collaborative (though the mama retains veto power). This year’s additions: melted Jolly Rancher stained glass and crusty Halloween-peep snowmen. Next year, watch for a sour patch chimney sweep….

May the light of the ginge-a-gogue shine on you this Hanukkah–wishing joy, peace and light from our family to yours!

Shalom and Happy Hanukkah! Welcome to the Ten Apple Farm Gingegogue!
Shalom and Happy Hanukkah! Welcome to the Ten Apple Farm Ginge-a-gogue!
Leftover ghost peeps from Halloween become Hanukkah snowmen (built by sour patch kids)!

Leftover ghost peeps from Halloween become Hanukkah snowmen (built by sour patch kids)!

Beatrice put the finishing touches on the Gingegogue roof

Beatrice puts the finishing touches on the ginge-a-gogue roof

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