The Chai Times // Circle of Forgiveness

Sep 22, 2023 8:11 pm


Dear friend,


The Hebrew word for forgiveness, mechilah, is related to the word for “circle,” machol. As long as we withhold forgiveness – from ourselves, from others, from loved ones, from G-d – we are incomplete. Our circle is completed, we are whole, when we let go of the pain of the past. 


Before forgiveness, the past hounds us, encroaches on our happiness in the present and the prospects of the future. But a circle has no beginning or end. When we forgive, we collapse time, the past has no hold on us.


Let go = be complete. 


Wishing you a gmar chasima tova, l'shana tova u'metukah - May you and yours be inscribed and sealed for a good and sweet year! 


Wishing you an uplifting Shabbat,

Rabbi Mendy & Mussy

p.s. As always, we would love to chat with you over coffee or drinks, about Judaism, or just life - reply to this email.


High Holiday Information:

Yom Kippur at Driskill Hotel - 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701


  • 7:07 pm - Women's Candle Lighting
  • 7:15 pm – Rabbi’s Sermon and Kol Nidrei Service


  • 10:00 am - Morning Service
  • 12:30 pm - Sermon & Yizkor Service (important prayer for those who have lost a parent)
  • 5:00 pm - Afternoon Service (Including Maftir Yonah)
  • 6:00 pm - Ne-ila Service (The Closing Prayers) followed by Shofar Blowing
  • 8:00 pm - Shofar Blast and Breakfast

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  • 7:01 pm - Candle Lighting
  • to join for a Sukkot dinner this whole week - reach out


  • 10:00 am - Morning Services
  • 12:45 ish - Kiddush
  • 7:53 pm Light candles after this time

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1ST - at YJP on Dexter

  • 10:00 am - Morning Services
  • 12:45 ish - Kiddush


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Of interest:

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Weekly Shabbat Services:

  • Shabbat morning services 10:20 am
  • Torah discussion and reading 11:00 am (sharp)
  • Followed by Kiddush and Cholent

10/3 - Sukkah Happy Hour w/ YAD


10/5 - The Mensch Club | Scotch and Steak in the Sukkah


High Holidays - All of them!



🌱 Chai Society: 

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Shabbat Ha'azinu
Light your candles at 7:10 pm
in Austin, TX
Shabbat Shalom, friend!

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