Welcome to Dina-Hasida Mercy's Website!

 

Welcome to my website!

 

 

 

 

 

I am an independent, liberal Rabbi living in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Currently I serve as the Chaplain of the Jewish Chaplaincy Society and as the Jewish Chaplain for the federal prisons in the Pacific region of Canada.

 

I am available for life cycle ceremonies, teaching and spiritual counselling. Many of the people I have worked with do not belong to synagogues or have needs that cannot be met in most synagogue settings. For example, I officiate at interfaith and same-sex wedding ceremonies. I believe that everyone should have access to their traditions regardless of the directions our lives sometimes take.

 

 

 

 

I‘m a long time member of the Jewish Renewal Community Or Shalom in Vancouver. My ordination is from the Modern Rabbi Program of the Rabbinic Seminary International in New York City (Rabbi Joseph Gelberman z‘l), although I did most of my rabbinic training through the rabbinic studies program of Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal.

News & Holiday Updates

From time to time I will make announcements of special events,  or holidays that are coming, so please check often and see what news I have here.



There are several significant events within the Jewish Calendar and life during September and Early Oct.

 

(1) Rosh Hashana / Sep 10-11 M‑T

 

Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: ראש השנה), (literally "head of the year"), is the Jewish New Year and  anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, a day of judgment and coronation, and sounding of the shofar.  It is the first of the High Holidays or Yamim Noraim ("Days of Awe"), celebrated ten days before Yom Kippur.

Begins sunset of  Sunday, September 9, 2018

Ends nightfall of  Tuesday, September 11, 2018

 

(2) Yom Kippur /   Sep 19 W

Yom Kippur (Hebrew: יוֹם כִּפּוּר or יום הכיפורים), Also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jews. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days (or sometimes "the Days of Awe").

 

Begins at sundown on Tue, 18 September 2018.

 

 

(3) Sukkot / Sep 24-25 M‑Tu - Sep 26-30 W‑Su

 

Sukkot (Hebrew: סוכות or סֻכּוֹת, sukkōt, or sukkos, Feast of Booths, Feast of Tabernacles) is a Biblical holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei (late September to late October). It is one of the three biblically mandated festivals Shalosh regalim on which Jews were commanded to make a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem.

 

The seven days of Sukkot—celebrated by dwelling in the sukkah, taking the Four Kinds, and rejoicing—are followed by Simchat Torah (below)

 

Sukkot is when we expose ourselves to the elements in greenery-covered huts—commemorates G‑d sheltering our ancestors as they traveled from Egypt to the Promised Land. The Four Kinds express our unity and our belief in G‑d’s omnipresence. Coming after the solemn High Holidays, it is a time of joy and happiness

 

Sukkot begins at sundown on Sun, 23 September 2018.

 

(4) Shmini Atzeret /   Oct 1 M -

Shemini Atzeret (שמיני עצרת - "the Eighth [day] of Assembly") is a Jewish holiday. It is celebrated on the 22nd day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei (first month of calendar). In the Diaspora, an additional day is celebrated, the second day being separately referred to as Simchat Torah. In Israel and Reform Judaism, the holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are combined into a single day and the names are used interchangeably.

 

Shmini Atzeret begins at sundown on Sun, 30 September 2018.

 

(5) Simchat Torah / Oct 2 Tu

 

Simchat Torah or Simḥath Torah (also Simkhes Toreh, Hebrew: שִׂמְחַת תורָה, lit., "Rejoicing with/of the Torah,") is a celebration marking the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle. Simchat Torah is a component of the Biblical Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret ("Eighth Day of Assembly"), which follows immediately after the festival of Sukkot in the month of Tishrei (mid-September to early October on the Gregorian calendar).

 

 

Do you have any questions about any of these holidays, or what is required of you, please feel free to contact me.