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Beit Hashofar welcomes you to visit the Lichtenstein Guest House. This facility is conveniently located steps away from the synagogue and offers the comforts of home as well as an informal study space. Our Guest House is an optimal base for seeing the Northwest region or just to stay overnight on Shabbat while residing in a kosher environment.
Our first kirtan in December was a great success. The beautiful Hebrew chants were swirling in our heads for days. It's time to renew that experience and "get grounded".
We’re bringing the songs of the synagogue down to the floor - kirtan style! Thanks to all who sang and danced at our last few kirtans. They were wonderful evenings and we are looking forward to our next kirtan on March 29th at 6:30pm.
We are dedicating one Saturday a month to breaking down the barrier between prayer leader and listener. Kirtan is a participatory event, not a performance. Kirtan Chadasha (renewed worship) is a form of call and response Hebrew chant, providing an environment of heightened participation, communal feeling and connection to the Divine.
Though the kirtan format originated within Indian culture, Kirtan Chadasha is not Indian. It’s new, but not new-age. It is a return to the long lost call and response chanting of the Second Temple. This is a participatory chant where short, sacred phrases from the Jewish tradition are treated as powerful, universal meditations.
It is a time for us to move off the bima and down to the floor, a time for all of us to get grounded with Hebrew chant that reaches deeply within our souls.
by Rabbi Jason
'The kindnesses of the Lord I shall sing forever; to generation after generation I shall make known Your faithfulness, with my mouth. For I said, "Forever will it be built with kindness; as the heavens, with which You will establish Your faithfulness."' -- Psalms 89:2-3
The lessons of kindness coming from the scriptures are as boundless as the kindness Hashem used when He formed Creation. The midrash teaches us that the Torah begins with kindness (the clothing of Adam and Eve) and ends with kindness (the burial of Moses). It seems that chesed is a fundamental force of the universe.