As we enter the month of Elul, we invite you to join a series of individual online Torah study sessions to invigorate your working day with themes from the Days of Awe (yamim nora’im). Each session will take a theme from Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and apply it to our professional and personal lives.
The sessions will be interactive, involving chavruta study and group discussion, and no prior knowledge or background Torah study will be necessary. Yesod’s Director of Educational Programming, Dr. Daniel Rose, together with a series of guest educators will provide different voices and approaches to the themes explored.^ Back to top
1) How To Be Happy When Everything Seems To Be Going Wrong
Rabbi David Levin-Kruss, Tuesday 3 September, 13:00 – 14:00 CEST
A careful comparison of 9 Av and Sukkot teaches us about resilience, joy and hope. And gives a new way of looking at Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.
2) Would you like another cup of Tears Tea?
Bitya Rozen-Goldberg, Tuesday 10 September, 13:00 – 14:00 CEST
Why do we blow the Shofar? The most common explanation is that the shofar reminds us of the extreme submission to God that Avraham showed when he accepted God’s demand to sacrifice his son Isaac. However, the liturgy of Rosh Hashana seems to present another way of standing before God, with our feelings, our humanity and our spontaneity. We will consider tears, women, enemies and another way of considering the divine.
3) Of shepherds and sheep: Leadership and followship in the month of Tishrei
Miriam Lorie, Tuesday 17 September, 13:00 – 14:00 CEST
Judaism is full of shepherds – the avot (patriarchs) and imahot (matriarchs) were well versed in the art of shepherding. Even King David’s royal career is launched from the sheepfolds. Yet when it comes to Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the sheep imagery becomes very different. Come and learn about the leadership of the shepherd and the leadership of the sheep. Don’t be sheepish – ewe wool love it!
4) Rosh Hashana: Happy birthday, world!
Viki Bedo, Tuesday 24 September, 13:00 – 14:00 CEST
One of the many names ascribed to Rosh Hashana is “Yom Harat Olam,” often translated as “the birthday of the world.” In early rabbinic times (2nd century) there were several options considered for the start of the Jewish calendar, and it is this universal occasion – the anniversary of the world’s creation – that became Rosh Hashana, the beginning of our calendar. What does “Yom Harat Olam” teach us about Rosh Hashana and how we should aspire to commence our year? Through considering the Torah readings for Rosh Hashana, traditional rabbinic, and modern texts, we will explore images and stories about the world’s birthday.^ Back to top
Rabbi David Levin-Kruss
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