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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 at our first kirtan on Dec. 28th and our second one on February 1st. They were wonderful evenings and we are looking forward to our third kirtan on March 1st 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.
We sing to G-d as an act of love, an act of connection, a way to seek repair in ourselves through our relationship to the Divine. Ultimately our aim is to be conduits to help bring healing, repair, and love to the world. This is a taste of what we are bringing to the Puget Sound community with sacred Hebrew chant, through Kirtan Chadasha.
The kirtan is an informal, non-liturgical, session in an intimate gathering space following minchah prayers in the synagogue. We will use some instrumentation that is traditional to the kirtan, such as a harmonium and tabla (Indian drums). Traditionally participants sit on the floor (on zafus or floor pillows), stand, or for those wish to sit there will be benches. Each chant is simple, melodic, and repetitive enough to be learned easily. This meditative worship experience is meant to ground us, bringing the heavens down to earth.
We hope that you will join us on next on March 1st. Our Mincha service will start at 5PM, and Kirtan Chadasha will start at 6:30PM in our beautiful sanctuary. After Kirtan and the conclusion of Shabbat, many of us will go out to dinner at a local kosher restaurant to seal the evening.
We’ll see you on March 1st for an unforgettable experience!
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.
by Rabbi Jason
G-d must be an engineer. Well, at least I try to tell myself this. We all look at Hashem through the lenses of our own experience. I like to build things, and have done so to varying degrees since I was a child. I know that one of the “hats” Hashem wears is that of Creator, Builder, and Thinker Upper of Stuff. The Torah is filled with stories and accountings of great detail. G-d is a G-d of order, we are all told. But you need only open up the first story to understand the order of creation and start to apply it to your own life.