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Welcome at the website of the Jewish Community of Maastricht. The website bilingual because of the composition of the Maastricht community and the visitors who often pass by.
Furthermore we reorganized our time schedules: one for the events in the Synagogue and another one for the lighting of candles. For last timeschedule we use the Chabad calendar which is localized for Amsterdam.
NB: Please pay attention the schedule of the High Holydays\. After the Read More Button you can find the schedulae for Succoth.
This Sabbath we will have services at 10:00 in the morning. We will read Parasha Shoftim. At 9 we have a lesson of the parasha of the week.
After services, we will have kiddush
Wednesday September 20, 2017 – Erev Rosh HaShana
Eiruv Tavshilin before the beginning of Yom To. Beginning Yom Tov and start services, Mincha and Ma'ariv
Thursday September 21,2017 – lst day Rosh HaShana
|Start Morning services
|Predication and Blowing the Shofar||11.45 hrs|
|Mincha and Tashlich
Ma'ariv – evening services and beginning of Yom Tov
Lighting the candles by means of an existing fire
Friday September 22, 2017 – 2nd Day Rosh HaShana
|Start Morning services
|Tora Reading||11.00 hrs|
|Predication en Blowing the Shofar||11.45 hrs|
|Beginning of Sabbath (and also start services) Lighting the candles with an existing fire||19.17 hrs|
Sabbath September 23, 2017 – Sjabbath Shuvah
|Start Morning Services
|Motza'ei Sabbath and Havdala||20.22 hrs|
Sunday September 24, 2017 – Tsom Gedaliah/ Fast
|Beginning of the Fast
|End Fast||20.19 hrs|
YOM KIPPUR 5778- 2017
Friday September 29, 2017 – Erev Yom Kippur
|Beginning Fast and work prohibition
|Putting on the Tallit with beracha||19.20 hrs|
|Kol Nidré with predication
Sabbath September 30, 2017 – Yom Kippur
|Beginning morning services||09.30 hrs|
|Tora Reading||12.30 hrs|
|Tora Reading||17.00 hrs|
|Shemot, maariev, havdala and end of Fast with "aanbijten"
Why do we celebrate first Rosh HaShana and only afterwards Yom Kippur? That question sounds a littlebit odd because Rosj Hasjana, the creation of the first human being, took place on the very first day of the month of Tishrei and Yom Kippur 2448 years later on the tenth of the same month. Strange to wonder about it!
But every Jewish law and even every custom has aside from a simple meaning also a deeper one, which never contradicts the simple one, but nevertheless shows the depth that was not visible at first sight.
On Yom Kippur sins of Man towards HaShem are to be pardoned. However before that is at stake at all, all human relations have to be repaired by asking forgiveness each other, if necessary. It is correct to state that a 'devout' Jew is not devout at all when he cheats his fellow man, despite his devout looks. It would be more rational to work already before Rosh HaShana on the reparation of the relationship with other people and not to postpone it till just before Yom Kippur!
I gave a presentation in the Shul of Elburg and afterwards I drove back home from Elburg to Beekbergen, where I lived in a kosher hotel which fell under my rabbinical surveillance. In a place named ’t Harde we pulled over. Because my wife saw on the provincial road to Elburg a gravestone, for some part almost on the bike lane, a gravestone with a Magen David. I parked my car. Walked to grave and read the tekst “Bachenheimer Theodore. H, U.S. ’82 Airborne Division. 504 Parachute Infantery” Here is obviously buried a Jewish solder who gave his life to set my parents free. Who was he? Did he have a wife, kids or Parents? Did he come as a volunteer to free us? And why has he been buried along the road all alone?
It is now the Jewish month of Ellul, the month which precedes the High Holidays, the month we blow the Shofar every day. This is the month that we should scrutinize ourselves with a magnifying glass. How did I behave towards this year towards G’d and fellow man? What about my ego? Did the world only turn around me or was I able to forget about myself to serve another?
In front of that gravestone I felt humble. It was if everything fell away, that my daily concerns vanished like snow in the sun. seized by everything I walked back to the car. A cyclist stopped ‘Are you Chief Rabbi Jacobs? I recognize you because I am a guide in the Shul of Elburg. There is a photo of yours’. I took the opportunity to ask him. ‘do you know you more of this grave?’ This old teacher in history actually knew ‘Bachenheimer has been dropped above the Netherlands when the war was almost ended during the Operation Market Garden. He was made a Prisoner of war and when they found that was Jewish he was separated from the other POWs and transported to another place. In ’t Harde he jumped out of the German ca rand has been shot on the flight. It is not clear whether he lies still here or he has been moved to the general cemetery.’ The cyclist will study the subject matter and inform me, because there will be an article published in the now defunct Elburgsche Courant.
My wife, some kind of a walking history book, went meanwhile to the car when I was talking with the cyclist. And an occupant of the house where our car was standing asked my wife. ‘Is your husband perhaps some kind of a Jewish priest,a rabbi?’ And again a conversation evolved with an unknown person, who radiates friendship and warmth. My day was made! Of course the conversation came on Bachenheimer. He knew everything about the story. Bachenheimer has been shot in front of his house when he tried to run away. He showed us the spot the killed pilot was. He was Jewish, he knew, and his remains were transferred to his family in the USA after the war, after he has been buried here in this grave.
I got homework to do, I must find out whether this grave is still a grave, just to prevent that it might be cleared, but I also felt the relativity of our existence, the relativity of life. On the 4th of May the procession passes along this grave. It halts for this unknown hero every year. I want know who he was to keep the memory of him alive.