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Join Drisha’s High Holiday Minyanim

Fall Semester Begins October 13

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    Tue Sep 08

    Themes of Rosh HaShanah as Reflected in Our Liturgy
    David Silber

    9:30 AM

    Themes of Rosh HaShanah as Reflected in Our Liturgy
    David Silber
    Tuesday, September 8 and Thursday, September 10, 9:30-11:00am
    apples and honey

    Price: $ 40.00

    Through an examination of the Rosh HaShanah prayer service, we will uncover major themes of the holiday.

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    Tue Sep 08

    You Can’t Fix What Isn’t Broken: The Indispensable Errors of Religious and Spiritual Growth
    Tsvi Blanchard

    11:16 AM

    You Can’t Fix What Isn’t Broken: The Indispensable Errors of Religious and Spiritual Growth
    Tsvi Blanchard
    Tuesday, September 8, 11:15am-12:45pm
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    Price: $ 20.00

    A Rosh Hashanah paradox: The longer we live the more we understand our lives as a story and a journey. We all have our developing life narratives. But our stories and journeys are complex and complicated. Ironically, the best of who we are today sometimes derives in part from some of the most serious faults and misdeeds of our yesterday. Making mistakes, both moral and religious, seems necessary for our individual spiritual development and growth. Teshuvah, however, requires regretting what we did wrong however necessary it was for our growth. In this class, we will explore Jewish texts and our own life experience that deal with the paradox of repentance in a world of indispensable moral and religious errors. What exactly is regret about errors that were necessary for our moral and religious growth? How do we avoid using the idea of necessary errors as an excuse for bad behavior? Is the logic of regret the same for “necessary sins” against other people as for “necessary sins” against God?  How can we sometimes consciously turn what was a sin into the origin of what is a positive good?

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    Wed Sep 09

    All These Vows: The Kol Nidrei Conundrum
    Shmuel Hain

    7:30 PM

    All These Vows: The Kol Nidrei Conundrum
    Shmuel Hain
    Wednesday, September 9, 7:30pm
    ceramic flowers

    Price: $ 0.00

    Yom Kippur opens with this most powerful, albeit peculiar, communal prayer of Kol Nidrei. This year, part 1 of the Stanley Rudoff Memorial High Holy Day Lecture Series will explore the history and halakhah of this controversial tefillah with special focus on how annulling past and/or future vows sets the spiritual tone for the Day of Atonement.

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    Thu Sep 10

    What’s God Doing on Rosh HaShanah
    Sam Lebens

    11:15 AM

    What’s God Doing on Rosh HaShanah
    Sam Lebens
    Thursday, September 10, 11:15am-12:45pm
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    Price: $ 20.00

    Do we believe that God is in time, or does He somehow stand outside of time? How is this question relevant to Rosh HaShanah? Together we will think through some of these philosophical issues, and use them to interpret a puzzling Talmudic debate as to what we have to repent for each year.

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    Thu Sep 10

    Sister Wives? Sarah, Hagar, and the Day of Judgment
    Miriam Gedwiser

    1:00 PM

    Sister Wives? Sarah, Hagar, and the Day of Judgment
    Miriam Gedwiser
    Thursday, September 10, 1:00 -2:30pm
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    Price: $ 20.00

    The banishment of Ishmael and the Binding of Isaac – read on the first and second days of Rosh HaShanah respectively – are often seen as companion stories of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own children for God.  But what of the mothers in these stories, Sarah and Hagar?  In this classwe will examine the two characters, their differences as well as uncanny similarities, in order to understand the root of their opposition to each other.

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    Thu Sep 17

    Themes of Yom Kippur as Reflected in Our Liturgy
    David Silber

    9:30 AM

    Themes of Yom Kippur as Reflected in Our Liturgy
    David Silber
    Thursday, September 17, 9:30-11:00am
    side of synagogue

    Price: $ 20.00

    Through an examination of the Yom Kippur prayer service, we will uncover major themes of the holiday.

Drisha’s High Holiday Minyanim

Join Drisha for Rosh HaShanah & Yom Kippur.

I learned what it means to bring your whole self to Torah study. This meant challenging myself and others to formulate an idea honestly and with clarity, grappling with an idea within a previously held worldview, bringing every discipline and insight to the table as a potential tool to understanding, and sharing a joy and enthusiasm with the community of students of Torah that surrounded me.

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