Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hoshana Rabbah, done right (forgiveness requested)

Normally, the Shamash/Gabbai of my "kaddish minyan" assigns different volunteers to lead different parts of the service, only leading the whole service himself if he can't find another volunteer. This morning, however, the service was led from start to finish by my kaddish-minyan synagogue's cantor. I was very glad, because, given the complexity of the Hoshana Rabbah morning services, with the constant changes of which prayers are said and which melodies used (see this post and comments), it's likely that he was the only person present (with the possible exception of the rabbi) who had sufficient knowledge to lead the services correctly.

Among other traditions regarding Hoshana Rabbah, one is that this is our absolutely final opportunity during this holiday season to be forgiven for our sins. And so, speaking of Hoshana Rabbah done right, I ask your mechilah/forgiveness for having posted an inside joke without explaining it to those of my readers who are not yet well acquainted with Jewish prayer. This past August, I introduced the cantor of my kaddish-minyan synagogue as Cantor Speedy KoloNaim. I should have put a note at the bottom of that post explaining that I'd swiped that name--"kolo naim" means "his voice is pleasant"--directly from the Hineni prayer chanted by a cantor before the repetition (Chazarat HaShaTz) of the Musaf Amidah prayer on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. I hope you will forgive me for this sin.

G'mar Chatimah Tovah--may we all be sealed in the Book of Life.

Chag Sameiach!

P.S. While I was looking for a link to explain Hineni, I found this gem regarding Hoshana Rabbah on the same blog. (Thanks, Ellison!) Enjoy!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE THIS BLOG! Fight the good fight sister... misfit jews unite!

Sat Oct 22, 01:16:00 PM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Thanks, NJB, and welcome to the club. Good luck with your blog.

Sun Oct 23, 01:31:00 PM 2011  

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