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Virtual Yom Kippur Box

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Your Virtual Yom Kippur Box holds hand-picked resources to draw on for the work of teshuvah. For more High Holiday resources, visit our High Holidays Collection for 2020/5781.


Read: Avinu Malkeinu for This Time

Person covering their head with a white tallit with black stripes

Sabrina Sojourner composes new words for an old prayer that pointedly speaks to today. Sourced from Ritualwell


Read: Unetaneh Tokef for Black Lives

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The words of the Unetaneh Tokef — a prayer that inspires fear and awe during the High Holidays — and the killings of Black Americans inspired this poem by Imani Romney-Rosa Chapman. Sourced from Ritualwell

Listen: A River of Forgiveness by Rosa Blumenfeld

A River of Forgiveness by Reconstructing Judaism

There was a river in the Garden of Eden. When it left the Garden, it split into four and flowed out into the world so that we would always be connected to the Garden and have a place in our hearts to call home. God knew that we would need that so as to not lose track of ourselves and our own goodness when we made mistakes. Sourced from Reset. For more practices, sign up for Harvesting Resilience: 30 Days of Spiritual Practice Before the Election. Receive a daily 5-minute practice to nourish your heart, mind and spirit. Register here!

Read: The Other Jewish View of Forgiveness

photo of Louis E. Newman

Many Jewish texts, ancient and modern, encourage us to forgive those who injure us, even when they themselves have not acknowledged the injury or asked for forgiveness. Louis E. Newman reminds us that when we forgive, we let go of our injury and can proceed with compassion. Sourced from Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations


Listen: Review, Release and Restart

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Phil Straus composed this choral arrangement that captures the essence of Yom Kippur and the process of teshuvah. Sourced from Ritualwell


Watch: Learning to Grieve, Learning to Praise: Jeremiah and the Poetry of Yom Kippur

Learning to Grieve, Learning to Praise: Jeremiah and the Poetry of Yom Kippur

For many of us, the experience of quarantine has brought to the fore grief that we’ve been carrying around unexpressed or even unknown. In this teaching, Rabbi Joshua Boettiger examines the praise within our grief and observes that the two are inextricably intertwined. Sourced from ReconstructingJudaism.org


Watch: The Sounds of the Shofar: It’s More than You Think

Recon Connect Beit Midrash - The Sounds of the Shofar

In an exploration of the meaning behind each of the three different sounds of the shofar blasts, Rabbi Elyse Wechterman shows that each sound is supposed to bring to mind a uniquely different perspective on the themes of this holiday season. Sourced from Recon Connect Beit Midrash

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