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Etz Hayim Haggadah, Bilingual


The synagogue is active and holds weekly Friday Kabbalat Shabbat services and Shabbat Kiddush; most other holidays are also celebrated.

We begin the year with a service on Erev Rosh Hashanah (New Year’s Eve) followed by a communal meal in accordance with Greek-Jewish customs. Pomegranates and apples soaked in honey are first served, followed by fish as the main course.

For Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), we hold Kol Nidre and a morning service. In the late afternoon we read the traditional Cretan text of the Book of Jonah. For Neilah, we assemble again for the traditional Sephardi service. After the blowing of the Shofar, the breaking of the fast is marked with a small meal in the courtyard.

In keeping with admonitions for the festival of Sukkot, we start building the Sukkah (temporary hut) in the main courtyard of the Synagogue on the day after Yom Kippur. On the eve of the holiday, we bless the Sukkah and usually have a banquet meal. Lulav and etrog are prominently displayed. The Sukkah is open to visitors for the duration of the festival.

We also celebrate Hanukkah with the lighting of the Hanukiah and Purim with the recitation of the Megillath EstherTu B’Shvat we celebrate with a great bowl of Assoureh as the main dish, made from marinated fruits, nuts, beans, wheat kernels, and liberally sprinkled with pomegranate seeds.

Category: Ethnology
Code: 12605
ISBN: 9789607459169
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 65
Publication Date: 2015
Publisher: Ταλοσ Press
Published In: Greece
Language: English, Greek