High Holiday Reader 5781
Shai Held, Avi Killip, Avi Strausberg, Aviva Richman, Avital Hochstein, Ethan Tucker, Nadav Berger, Yitzhak Bronstein, Tali Adler, Yitz Greenberg, Orit Kent, Allison Cook, Joey Weisenberg
The High Holidays are often a time out of time, where we re-examine our relationship to God, ourselves, and our communities; we reflect on ways to make ourselves and these lines of connection stronger and more vibrant. Certainly, our current reality of social distancing challenges the traditional setting for this self-reflection: An individual, bolstered by community, standing before God. But these times also create opportunities for re-visioning—seeing things anew and growing in the process.
In these pages, the Hadar faculty has tackled many theological, spiritual, and emotional questions that may arise this holiday season. In what ways must the individual rise to the occasion in the absence of community? What do we expect from God, demand from God, in our prayers this year? What creative avenues are available for conceptualizing community, when we don’t gather en masse? How do we foster celebration and joy in a time of loneliness and stress?
You will find that though the Hadar faculty was quarantined in different pockets of New York, Washington, DC, and Israel while writing these pieces, a coherent, inter-connected network of ideas has emerged. We hope that you will feel strengthened by these articles and linked to the larger community as you read and enjoy this year’s High Holiday Reader.
Click here to view our Halakhic Resources for the High Holidays. This set of resources is specifically for practical halakhic elements of prayer and ritual to help navigate many constraints and new situations we are being faced with.
Click here to view our Spiritual Guide from Rabbi Avi Strausberg, A Palace in Time: A Guide to Structuring Sacred Moments
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- "Ya'aleh Koleinu" - Listen to the Hadar Ensemble's recording of the piyyut "Ya'aleh Koleinu," discussed in Joey Weisenberg's article, "Rise Up the Ladder of Song" (p. 15).
- "Redeeming the Akeidah, Halakha, and Ourselves" - Read the full length version of Rabbi Ethan Tucker's Essay (pp. 28-33).
- Unlocking the Mahzor: Avinu Malkenu - Study the continuation of Rabbi Elie Kaunfer's Project Zug Source Sheet (pp. 35-37).
- Family Learning and Activities from Pedagogy of Partnership 5781 - Engage with the full set of activities and sources for parents, care givers, 3-5 year olds and elementary and middle school children in the PoP High-Holiday Supplement (pp. 46-49).