~FROM THE DESK OF~

RABBI ANTHONY KNOPF

 
 
  • Rabbi Anthony Knopf

From the Desk - The Kohanim not Chanting


Shalom Friends! I hope this email finds you well. Firstly, we wish a big yasher koach to Bina Abish, Dora Edelstein, Gil Perez and the entire Holocaust Memorial Committee and volunteers for organizing Sunday’s Holocaust Breakfast. Our community can be proud of our ongoing commitment to remembering those who were murdered, honouring those who survived and strengthening our resolve to never forget. A special yasher koach to Leon Celemencki and Doris Feder for their meaningful addresses as well as to Hannah Stoopler for her stirring reflections on the recent March of the Living trip. We are excited for the forthcoming festival of Shavuot which begins on Saturday evening and ends on Monday evening. Here are some of the fixtures for you to note:

  • Saturday, 10:45 PM – 11:35 PM

  • Rabbi Heshy Benshimon’s class on Jewish Divorce

  • Sunday, 12:45 AM-1:35 AM

  • My class on The Medical Ethics of Treating Terrorists

  • Sunday, 10:00 AM

  • The Reading of the 10 Commandments

  • Sunday, 10:30 AM

  • Moses on the Mountain followed by Kids’ Ice Cream Party

  • Monday, 10:30 AM

  • Yizkor

  • Cheesecake Biscuit Making

  • Monday, 4:00 PM

  • Ladies’ Circle and Tea with Rebbetzin Carly

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach, Rabbi Anthony and Carly Knopf Dovid, Rachelli, Yehuda and Avrami

What’s the Deal with…. The Kohanim not Chanting? On Festivals, the Kohanim come before the Ark during the public reading of the Mussaf Amidah to give the Priestly Blessing (in Israel, this is done every day and is also done during the Shacharit service). There is a custom for the Kohanim to recite an extended musical chant without words before reciting the last word of each phrase. But this is not done on Shabbat. Gerry Abish wanted to know – why not? What’s the deal? The Kohanim sing this chant in order that the congregation may silently offer certain prayers containing individual requests of G-d after each of the three blessings of the Kohanim. On Shabbat, we are generally not permitted to make requests of Hashem as this detracts from the serenity of the day. For this reason, the congregation does not make these supplications and, therefore, the chant is not sung.

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