High Holy Days at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation

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A Message from Rabbi Aura

Rabbi Aura Ahuvia

August 14, 2015

Shalom and Shana Tova,

Yes, it’s no longer too early to start saying, “Shana Tova,” a good year. As of this Shabbat, we begin the month of Elul, the month leading us to Rosh Hashanah. So too do we begin the process of opening to the deeper rhythms of our lives.

Our tradition gives us an excellent tool with which to begin to re-orient our thoughts toward new beginnings and teshuvah. During the month of Elul, it is customary to read Psalm 27 every day.

At last week’s Elul Preparation classes, “Tenderizing the Heart: Preparing for the High Holy Days,” I taught about the various ways of reading Psalm 27. We looked at several translations, which in and of itself taught us that we can look at the same Hebrew words and derive our own unique interpretations from them nonetheless.

Please consider attending the final two classes in the series, starting with Wed., Aug. 19, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., when I’ll be teaching about the prayer Unetane Tokef, a centerpiece of the High Holy liturgy that forces us to consider the day of our death. What does our life amount to? What are our highest hopes for ourselves?

On Wed., Aug. 26, we’ll turn to the prayer Adoshem, Adoshem, which names 13 divine attributes. As we study, we’ll consider questions such as, when does prayer become real for us? How do we walk in God’s ways?

Bring a sandwich or dinner, as eating during class is welcomed.

Rabbi Aura Ahuvia
Rabbi Aura