“It is not in the heavens…neither is it beyond the sea. Rather it is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart to observe it.” (Deuteronomy 30:12-15)
This famous biblical verse, while referring to the accessibility of Torah for everyone to study and interpret, can also apply to prayer. We come to synagogue to pray for various reasons and in varying degrees of frequency. For those of us whose hearts have not arrived as yet, the above verse teaches us that it is still important to use our lips to communicate the prayers. Through routine and commitment, the accessibility of the Siddur with its contemporary translations, the availability of the Beth Tzedec clergy for guidance, and the camaraderie among the fellow members and non-members attending the daily minyan, one can fully benefit from the prayer experience.
To confirm service times, check the listings to the right or the Calendar.
Shaḥarit is held Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m. and Sundays and Holidays at 8:45 a.m. On Rosh Ḥodesh, Ḥol Hamoed, and other special occasions the start times are 7:15 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. respectively.
During Daylight Savings Time, Minḥah/Ma’ariv is at 7:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
During the winter months, Minḥah/Ma’ariv will vary depending on the sunset time. Please consult the Calendar for further details.
Shaḥarit begins at 8:45 a.m.
When there is Seudah Shlisheet, Minḥah begins approximately one hour and twenty minutes before sundown. When there is no Seudah Shlisheet, Minḥah begins approximately one hour before sundown. Please check the Calendar.
To request a mi sheberakh (a healing prayer) to be recited in shul for someone who is ill, please tell us for whom the prayer will be recited and give us that person's Hebrew name with the name of the mother. If you don't have the mother's name, give us the father's name. And if you don't have the Hebrew names of either parent, just give us the English name of the person for whom the blessing will be recited. Please give us your name and phone number so we can contact you with any questions. Please send this information to Lynn Levy or call 416-781-3514 ext. 227.