HIGH HOLIDAYS IN THE HAMPTONS
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PRAYING ON THE HIGH HOLY DAYS — AN OPEN LETTER FROM RABBI UHRBACH:
We come to synagogue on the High Holy Days for many different reasons. Some of us want to affirm our Jewish identity, to feel part of Jewish community, to re-connect with tradition, to re-experience childhood memories, or to feel close to parents and grandparents. Some of us come seeking guidance, inspiration, learning, comfort, challenge or spiritual nourishment. Some of us come out of a sense of religious or familial obligation, or guilt.
Whatever the reason for our coming, what we’re asked to do when we arrive is pray. And prayer is a problem. It’s a problem generally, because prayer is rarely easy. And it’s especially a problem on the High Holy Days – because the services are so long, because the themes of the liturgy can be so challenging, and because many of us simply don’t know how to engage.
I offer this letter as an attempt to help…. continue reading
I’m often struck by the way life provides metaphors offering just the learning we need. Recently, a software problem required me to reboot my computer in “safe mode,” described as “a troubleshooting option” in which “only the basic files and drivers necessary to run Windows are started.”
What an amazing concept! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if life offered us a “safe mode” — an opportunity to reboot ourselves in a protected environment, starting over with only that which is essential to our being, in order to troubleshoot our lives…. continue reading
Read Rabbi Uhrbach’s 2013 High Holy Teachings:
Try out drafts of Siddur Lev Shalem, the new Shabbat and Festival prayerbook
edited by Rabbi Ed Feld and our own Rabbi Jan Uhrbach!
(To be published in 2015 by the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative movement).
Friday nights we use First Fruits, the Kabbalat Shabbat test booklet.
Shabbat mornings we frequently get sneak previews of new materials as they’re developed.
Read Rabbi Uhrbach’s Purim Lyrics
Download a pdf version here: Parashat Shemot: Redemptive Leadership — Challenge Without and Within