High Holidays: The Awakening
Rosh HaShanah Services: October 3rd, 10:00 am, Westminster Elementary on Abbot Kinney.
Rosh HaShanah Family Services: October 3rd, 4:00 pm, Westminster Elementary on Abbot Kinney.
Tashlich: October 3rd, 6:00pm, on the beach South of Washington Pier.
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The High Holidays are the Jewish Burning Man, Bhaktifest, Yoga class, Kirtan chant, Hike in the hills, Meditation on a mountain, Ayahuasca circle and Juice fast combined. And through each of these experiences, we seek a re-connection with Self.
A Return to Self, or T’shuvah, is the objective of the High Holidays. It demands that we open ourselves to our personal foibles, short-comings and just plan uglies. The process of this personal rebuke is called Tocheichah.
It’s not a matter of sitting on a perch overlooking PCH as the sun sets. That will not clean up the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wreckage of our lives. It takes getting down and dirty. We’ve got to spend this month (Elul) cleaning up the mess we have created with others as we prepare to air out all of our dirty little secrets – in public (Viddui or Confession, prayer).
Not for the faint hearted, indeed.
The Yamim Nora’im (High Holidays) provide a prism of rarefied rituals, sounds, songs and movements that transport our mind, bodies and souls to a place of raw authenticity. They awaken us to our core. Hirhur T’shuvah describes this spontaneous Awakening to Authentic Self as the Shofar sounds our Spiritual Alarm Clock.
Are you ready to Awaken?
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Rosh Hashanah 2015
“Sing unto God a new song.”
If God is already tired, as suggests the Psalm, of hearing the old song, all the more so will ordinary mortals be.
-Alcalay (20th c. Jewish lexicographer)
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Sing a new Song.