From the Cantor,  Murray Simon
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Dear Friends,


This year, I will be chanting the prayers for my 57th consecutive High Holy Day services and for the fifth year as the cantor of Bat Yam Temple of the Islands – although, regrettably, my last. Also called “The Days of Awe,” the High Holy Days for me this year will be infused with even more “awe” because of this circumstance.


For me, the music of the High Holy Days is special and deeply moving – more so than any other religious experience. We cannot expect High Holy Day music to sound and feel like Shabbat.


The High Holy Days are a unique, awesome and special time of year. That uniqueness and awe is echoed in the music that reverberates with the hopes and trials of ages past. Through this music, we preserve our people’s history and our spiritual legacy.


In addition to the centuries-old traditional tunes, today we have a wealth of contemporary Jewish music from which to choose. When we once again gather together for these High Holy Days of 5783, may the beautiful and moving music of “The Days of Awe” help us to be fully present in that worship, involved in the life of our own community, in the spiritual tasks demanded of us and in the sacred mission of our people Israel. Toby and I wish for you a New Year full of good health, harmony and peace.


Shannah Tovah Uv’racha!