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Rabbi Lader
Rabbi Lader

A Sacred Journey

With the month of August, we enter the Jewish month of Av and begin the round of Jewish rituals that will take us from mid-late summer to mid-fall; each a step on the journey to and through the Days of Awe. As Rabbi Alan Lew z”l teaches:

  • Tisha B’Av, the day of mourning for the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, the day of the crumbling of the great walls…
  • Elul, the seventh month of the Jewish year, when the great shofar/horn of remembrance is sounded to begin the month of introspection that precedes the High Holy Days…
  • Selichot, the Saturday evening service that precedes Rosh HaShanah – truly preparing us for the prayers that will come…
  • Rosh Hashanah, the head of the year, the day of remembrance; sounding the shofar – waking up…
  • The Ten Days of Teshuva/Repentance – the period of spiritual transformation between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, filled with the potential for reflection and meaning…
  • Kol Nidre, Erev Yom Kippur, when the Great Court is convened above and below…
  • Yom Kippur itself, the Day of Atonement – the Day of At-One-ment…
  • And, finally, Sukkot, a joyous coda to the journey, the autumnal harvest festival, during which we build and dwell in the sukkah, a booth, the barest outline of a house – recalling the celebrations and fragility of life itself…

This sacred journey begins with the mournful collapse of a house and ends with the joyful building and taking down of a house. It is the journey of the soul. Each of us will make this journey our own. And each of us should know that we make this journey together.

Wishing you all the best,

 

Rabbi Enid C. Lader
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