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Sounds of Rosh Hashanah

As I sat in the temple yesterday for Rosh Hashanah service, I was struck by the sounds. Rosh Hashanah is all about the sounds. I am more keenly aware of the surrounding sounds when I’m in a synagogue service because there are no screens to be watching, no projected text for all to see and follow along. Pages rustled across the sanctuary as guests, myself included, struggled to keep up with what page to look at in the siddur, the prayer book that guides the worship experience. Seats squeak and groan as worshippers stand and sit and stand and sit throughout the service…