Rosh Hashanah

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“For out of Tziyon will go forth Torah, the word of ADONAI from Yerushalayim.”

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Parashot for Rosh Hashanah
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The Blessing of the Torah
Aliya: (the one who “goes up” to read)  
Bar-khu et Adonai ham-vor-ack.
(Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised.)
Ba-rookh Adonai ham-vor-ack ley-oh-lam vah-ed.
(Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised for all eternity.)
Ba-rookh Adonai ham-vor-ack ley-oh-lam vah-ed.
(Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised for all eternity.)
Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai, Eh-lo-hay-noo
meh-lekh hah oh-lahm,
ah-sher ba-char ba-noo me-kol ha-ah­meem,
v’na-tahn lah-noo et torah-toe,
ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai, no-tane hah-torah.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has chosen us from all peoples
and given us His Torah.
Blessed are You, O Lord, Giver of the Torah.

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Cantor Kenneth B. Cohen of
Temple Sholom, Greenwich, CT.

B’reisheet (Genesis) 21:1-34

21 1ADONAI visited Sarah as he had said, and ADONAI did to Sarah as he had spoken. 2Sarah conceived, and bore Avraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 3Avraham called his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bare to him, Yitzchak. 4Avraham circumcised his son, Yitzchak, when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. 5Avraham was one hundred years old when his son, Yitzchak, was born to him. 6Sarah said, "God has made me laugh. Everyone who hears will laugh with me." 7She said, "Who would have said to Avraham, that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age."

8The child grew, and was weaned. Avraham made a great feast on the day that Yitzchak was weaned. 9Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Avraham, mocking. 10Therefore she said to Avraham, "Cast out this handmaid and her son! For the son of this handmaid will not be heir with my son, even with Yitzchak."

11The thing was very grievous in Avraham's sight on account of his son. 12God said to Avraham, "Don't let it be grievous in your sight because of the boy, and because of your handmaid. In all that Sarah says to you, listen to her voice. For from Yitzchak will your seed be called. 13Also of the son of the handmaid will I make a nation, because he is your seed." 14Avraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread and a bottle of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and gave her the child, and sent her away. She departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Be'er-Sheva. 15The water in the bottle was spent, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs. 16She went and sat down opposite him, a good way off, about a bow shot away. For she said, "Don't let me see the death of the child." She sat over against him, and lifted up her voice, and wept. 17God heard the voice of the boy.

The angel of God called to Hagar out of the sky, and said to her, "What ails you, Hagar? Don't be afraid. For God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. 18Get up, lift up the boy, and hold him in your hand. For I will make him a great nation."

19God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. She went, filled the bottle with water, and gave the boy drink. 20God was with the boy, and he grew. He lived in the wilderness, and became, as he grew up, an archer. 21He lived in the wilderness of Paran. His mother took a wife for him out of the land of Egypt.

22It happened at that time, that Avimelekh and Pikhol the captain of his host spoke to Avraham, saying, "God is with you in all that you do. 23Now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son's son. But according to the kindness that I have done to you, you shall do to me, and to the land in which you have lived as a foreigner."

24Avraham said, "I will swear." 25Avraham complained to Avimelekh because of a water well, which Avimelekh's servants had violently taken away. 26Avimelekh said, "I don't know who has done this thing. Neither did you tell me, neither did I hear of it, until today."

27Avraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them to Avimelekh. Those two made a covenant. 28Avraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves. 29Avimelekh said to Avraham, "What do these seven ewe lambs which you have set by themselves mean?"

30He said, "You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand, that it may be a witness to me, that I have dug this well." 31Therefore he called that place Be'er-Sheva, because they both swore there. 32So they made a covenant at Be'er-Sheva. Avimelekh rose up with Pikhol, the captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Pelishtim. 33Avraham planted a tamarisk tree in Be'er-Sheva, and called there on the name of ADONAI, the Everlasting God. 34Avraham lived as a foreigner in the land of the Pelishtim many days.

Bamidbar (Numbers) 29:1-6

29 1In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing of trumpets to you. 2You shall offer a burnt offering for a sweet savor to ADONAI: one young bull, one ram, seven he-lambs a year old without blemish; 3and their meal-offering, fine flour mixed with oil, three tenth parts for the bull, two tenth parts for the ram, 4and one tenth part for every lamb of the seven lambs; 5and one male goat for a sin-offering, to make atonement for you; 6besides the burnt offering of the new moon, and the meal-offering of it, and the continual burnt offering and the meal-offering of it, and their drink-offerings, according to their ordinance, for a sweet savor, an offering made by fire to ADONAI.

The Blessing After Torah

Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai, eh-lo-hay-noo
meh-lech hah-oh­lahm,
ah-sher nah-tahn la-noo toe-raht eh-met,
v’cha-yaye oh-lahm nah-tah b’toe-chay-noo.
Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai,  no-tain ha-to-rah.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has given us a Torah of truth,
and has planted eternal life in our midst.
Blessed are You, O Lord, Giver of the Torah.

Click here to listen to this sung by
Cantor Kenneth B. Cohen of
Temple Sholom, Greenwich, CT


The Blessing of the Haftarah

Ba-rookh, ah-tah Adonai, eh-lo-hay-noo,
meh-lekh hah-oh­lahm,
ah-sher ba-khar been-vee-eem toe-veem,
v’rah-tzah b’deev­ray-hem,
ha-neh-eh-ma-reem, beh-eh-meht.

Ba-rookh ah-tah, Adonai,
ha-bo-char ba-to-rah,
oo-v’Mo-sheh ahv-doe, oo-v'yees­ra-ale ah-mo,
oo-veen-vee-aye hah-eh-met, vah-tzeh-dek.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who selected good prophets,
and was pleased with their words
which were spoken truthfully.

Blessed are You, O Lord,
Who chooses the Torah,
Your servant Moses, Your people Israel,
and prophets of truth and righteousness.

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an unknown male soloist from
Temple Mount Sinai in El Paso, TX.

Shemu'el Alef (First Samuel)

1 1Now there was a certain man of Ramatayim-Tzofim, of the hill-country of Efrayim, and his name was Elkana, the son of Yerocham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tochu, the son of Tzuf, an Efratite: 2and he had two wives; the name of the one was Channah, and the name of other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Channah had no children.

3This man went up out of his city from year to year to worship and to sacrifice to ADONAI-Tzva'ot in Shiloh. The two sons of `Eli, Chofni and Pinechas, kohanim to ADONAI, were there. 4When the day came that Elkana sacrificed, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions: 5but to Channah he gave a double portion; for he loved Channah, but ADONAI had shut up her womb.

6Her rival provoked her sore, to make her fret, because ADONAI had shut up her womb. 7as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of ADONAI, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.

8Elkana her husband said to her, “Channah, why weep you? and why don't you eat? and why is your heart grieved? am I not better to you than ten sons?”

9So Channah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk.

Now `Eli the kohen was sitting on his seat by the door-post of the temple of ADONAI. 10She was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to ADONAI, and wept sore. 11She vowed a vow, and said, “ADONAI-Tzva'ot, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your handmaid, and remember me, and not forget your handmaid, but will give to your handmaid a man-child, then I will give him to ADONAI all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come on his head.”

12As she continued praying before ADONAI, `Eli noticed her lips moving. 13Channah was speaking in her heart; her lips moved, but she wasn't making a sound: therefore `Eli thought she was drunk. 14`Eli said to her, “How long are you going you stay drunk? Quit drinking.”

15Channah answered, “No, sir, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I poured out my soul before ADONAI. 16Don't consider me a wicked woman; for out of the abundance of my complaint and my provocation have I spoken hitherto.“

17Then `Eli answered, “Go in shalom; and the God of Yisra'el grant your petition that you have asked of him.”

18She said, “Let your handmaid find favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way, and ate; and her facial expression wasn't sad any more.

19They rose up in the morning early, and worshiped before ADONAI, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkana knew Channah his wife; and ADONAI remembered her.

20When the time had come, Channah conceived, and bore a son; and she named him Shemu'el, saying, “Because I have asked him of ADONAI.” [Samuel means “His name is God"] 21The man Elkana, and all his house, went up to offer to ADONAI the yearly sacrifice, and his vow. 22But Channah didn't go up; for she said to her husband, “I will not go up until the child is weaned; and then I will bring him, that he may appear before ADONAI, and stay there abide forever.”

23Elkana her husband said to her, “Do what seems you good; wait until you have weaned him; only ADONAI establish his word.” So the woman waited and nursed her son, until she weaned him.

24When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bulls, and one efah of meal, and a bottle of wine, and brought him to the House of ADONAI in Shiloh: and the child was young. 25They killed the bull, and brought the child to `Eli. 26She said, “Oh, my lord, as your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood by you here, praying to ADONAI. 27YThis is the this child I prayed for; and ADONAI has given me my petition which I asked of Him: 28so I have dedicated him to ADONAI; as long as he lives he is dedicated to ADONAI.”

He worshiped ADONAI there.

2 1Channah prayed, and said:
“My heart exults in ADONAI;
My horn is exalted in ADONAI;
My mouth is enlarged over my enemies;
Because I rejoice in your salvation.

2“There is none holy as ADONAI;
For there is none besides you,
Neither is there any rock like our God.

3“Talk no more so exceeding proudly;
Don't let arrogance come out of your mouth;
For ADONAI is a God of knowledge,
By him actions are weighed.

4“The bows of the mighty men are broken;
Those who stumbled are girded with strength.

5“Those who were full have hired out themselves for bread;
Those who were hungry have ceased to hunger:
Yes, the barren has borne seven;
She who has many children languishes.

6“ADONAI kills, and makes alive:
He brings down to She'ol, and brings up.

7“ADONAI makes poor, and makes rich:
He brings low, he also lifts up.

8“He raises up the poor out of the dust,
He lifts up the needy from the dunghill,
To make them sit with princes,
Inherit the throne of glory:
For the pillars of the earth are ADONAI's,
He has set the world on them.

9“He will keep the feet of his holy ones;
But the wicked shall be put to silence in darkness;
For by strength shall no man prevail.

10“Those who strive with ADONAI shall be broken to pieces;
Against them will he thunder in the sky:
ADONAI will judge the ends of the earth;
He will give strength to his king,
Exalt the horn of his anointed.”

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