Mahzor in the Morning
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer and Rabbi Aviva Richman
When? Monday through Friday, 7:45-8:00 AM Eastern
August 16-September 3
In this 15-minute morning class, we will explore some of the core prayers in the Mahzor, with an eye toward deepening our connection and uncovering new meaning. Each class will open with a melody to set the mood for the day.
Faculty for this class will rotate on a weekly basis between R. Elie Kaunfer and R. Aviva Richman.
Rediscovering the Mahzor
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer
When? Thursdays, 1:15-2:15 PM Eastern
August 19-September 2
Prepare for the High Holidays by looking at the critical areas of the liturgy. We will gain a deeper sense of the unique structure of these prayers, as well as look in-depth into specific prayers. We will delve into the biblical and rabbinic sources of these prayers, with an eye toward deeper meaning and connection to the larger themes of the holidays.
Beyond Fasting and Prayer: Selected Sugyot from Massekhet Yoma
Rabbi Avi Strausberg, Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish, and Dena Weiss
When? Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 PM Eastern
August 16-September 1
Fasting on Yom Kippur is one of the most well known and most observed Jewish practices, but Yom Kippur is so much more, both ritually and spiritually than just refraining from food. In this class we'll look at Talmudic passages that take us beyond the prohibitions on eating and drinking to other rules of Yom Kippur observance, including when you must eat. We'll ask the question of how these other practices can lend more meaning to the day itself and touch on questions of privilege, personal agency, educating our children, and of course, repentance itself.
Melody and Midrash: Elul Edition
Joey Weisenberg and Rabbi Tali Adler, Rabbi Aviva Richman, Dena Weiss
When? Thursdays, 9:00-9:30 PM Eastern
August 19-September 2
Joey Weisenberg will share a melody each week and a rotation of faculty will teach one midrash to prepare in song and spirit for the holidays of Tishrei.
Postures of Prayer in Torah and Haftarah Portions
Rabbi Tali Adler and Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish
When? Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 PM Eastern
August 17-September 2
Our foremothers feature prominently in the liturgy of Rosh Hashanah. We will explore selections of the Torah readings, haftarahs, and midrashim about our foremothers' relationships to God to probe what our foremothers teach us about our own stances in prayer on Rosh Hashanah.
Halakhah for Holidays: Practice and Meaning
Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg
When? Monday through Thursday, 8:30-9:00 AM Eastern
August 16-September 2
In this three-week long shiur, we'll study passages from the Shulhan Arukh and Mishnah Berurah. Each week will focus on one or two aspects of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkos respectively. We will focus on practical issues, attending as well to the religious and personal significance of the details.