HARRISON, N.Y. -- The pre "High Holy Day craze" is very much upon Jews -- and their rabbis -- as Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish New Year begins Sunday, Sept. 13.
Rabbi Eytan Hammerman, now in his second year at the Jewish Community Center of Harrison , is among those busy preparing the last touches on the messages he will impart.
Rabbi Hammerman said he collects stories and articles all year long but doesn't begin his sermon writing until the two weeks before the holidays.
"I need to be in the High Holy Day mood to really get started," he said.
At his congregation, he will be telling the story of a Torah scroll he received from a synagogue that was closing and how he found that very Torah on a trip to Paris 10 years later.
"The story will be told in the context of changes within Judaism," he said. Another sermon will discuss happiness: how it can be achieved and the nature of how to truly find it.
A sermon on Yom Kippur, which begins the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 22, will center on memory.
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