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Virtual Rosh Hashanah Box

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Your Virtual Rosh Hashanah Box holds hand-picked resources for a sweet new year. For more High Holiday resources, visit our High Holidays Collection for 2020/5781.


Read: Rosh Hashanah Greeting

Welcome the New Year with this poem by Barbara Kavadias. Sourced from Ritualwell

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Read: Practice Instructions for Spiritual Accounting

The practice of spiritual accounting called heshbon hanefesh is one of the most important steps of the process of teshuvah, or returning to our best possible selves. Rabbi Daniel Raphael Silverstein describes a way to begin. Sourced from Ritualwell

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Listen: ‘I Stand Here (Hineni)’: A Song for the Service Leader

Beth Hamon wrote this several years ago during her first professional assignment as a cantorial soloist, primarily to calm down her jittery nerves about the whole experience. Sourced from Ritualwell

woman in prayer with head covered in white tallit


Read: Voice, Water, Place: New/Old Ways of Understanding God

In this essay, Rabbi Toba Spitzer teaches that we are heir to a rich assortment of metaphors for God that may resonate more powerfully than the High Holiday images of king and judge. Sourced from Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations

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Listen: Shofarot: A Tripartite Proposal

Hear the sounds of the shofar as played by Daniel Stein Kokin. Sourced from Ritualwell

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Watch: Cultivating Resilience: Opening Ourselves to the Full Magnitude of the ‘Days of Awe’

Rabbi Deborah Waxman makes the case that immersive encounters with the breadth and depth of Jewish wisdom and living can help us cultivate resilience not only in this High Holiday season, but all the time. Sourced from ReconstructingJudaism.org

Cultivating Resilience: Opening Ourselves to the Full Magnitude of the Days of Awe


Watch: Apples and Honey for a Sweet New Year: Metaphors and How They Help Us Create Meaning

In liturgy, action and our spiritual imagination, metaphors help us to create meaning and connection. Rabbi Marjorie Berman looks at some of the metaphors of the Yamim Noraim, the “Days of Awe,” and explores how metaphor underlies our tradition, our religious experience and our perception of reality. Sourced from Recon Connect Beit Midrash

Apples and Honey for a Sweet New Year


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