Torah 101 – The High Holidays
The time leading up to the High Holidays – Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur – is traditionally a time for introspection and growth. While there are many customs and practices surrounding the holidays, there is a lot more to them than mere tradition, and in fact a lot of meaning to be found in them. Tune in for this seried of classes and you won’t get bored in synagogue services again!
Torah 101 – The High Holidays: Lesson 2
What’s supposed to happen on Rosh Hashanah????In many ways Rosh Hashanah is a time of conflicting messages. Are we celebrating, or are we contemplating? The answer is yes! There is no holiday as emotionally complex, an spiritually ambiguous as Rosh Hashanah. Tonight we will ritually unpack how to integrate these seemingly conflicting emotions into a rich, rewarding experience of being truly renewed.
Torah 101 – The High Holidays: Lesson 3
The Musaf Service: KIngship, Memory, and the Shofar: These are the three components of the Musaf service that surround the Mitzvah of hearing the shofar. The acknowledgement of God as sovereign, that memory is important, and the shofar which is how Rosh Hashanah is defined in the Torah. We will look at examples of the verses from the liturgy and see what they mean and what that has to do with us.
Torah 101 – The High Holidays: Lesson 4
The Art of Forgiveness, and The Craft of Atonement: Yom Kippur, like Rosh Hashanah, eclipses the intermediate days, the 10 days of Penitence, when the real work needs to be done if we are to have a successful season. It is easy enough to understand what is required of us, but it is enormously difficult to fulfill these demands. Consider this class, a pre-Yom Kippur primer.