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What opportunities do we have for personal reflection leading up to the High Holidays? 

With Rosh Hashanah about a week away, we're pleased to resume this email series so you may be better prepared to enjoy the High Holidays at Emanu-El. Today, we'll offer a few answers to the question, What opportunities do we have for personal reflection leading up to the High Holidays?

  • Throughout the month of Elul, we have sounded the shofar at the conclusion of weekday morning services. You still have a chance to hear it this week, through Friday. Morning services begin at 7:15AM.
  • It's customary to wear new clothing on Rosh Hashanah. If it's not possible to purchase something new, it's appropriate to wear something you haven't worn in a long time.
  • Consider starting a brief journal, or adding a new section to your current journal, listing your accomplishments from the past year, as well as items you'd like to improve upon in the coming year. After Rosh Hashanah and before Yom Kippur, return to this section and think about steps you can take to make your desired improvements a reality.

Approaches like this will help you engage in the meaning of the High Holidays through various senses - hearing (shofar), seeing (new clothes) and exercising the mind (journaling). Hopefully, doing so will make these upcoming days more meaningful.


"The entire world is a very narrow bridge - the key is to not be afraid." -Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav

Fri, January 24 2020 27 Tevet 5780