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The Gates Swing Open: A Rosh Hashanah Community Discussion

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 27 Elul 5783

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Sponsored by JMCW and open to all. Led by Amy Golen and Ellen Winter.

Join us as we gather together for a contemplative Rosh Hashanah reflection. With 
Rabbi Alan Lew z”l as our teacher, we will discuss sections of his 2003 classic book, This Is Real And You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation. This volume follows the spiritual calendar from Tisha B’Av to Sukkot. Our discussion this year will focus on Rosh Hashanah and follows past discussions on the Ten Days of Teshuvah and Sukkot. Rabbi Lew continues to be one of the leading voices in Jewish spiritual practice. His insights, consistently relevant, can guide us on the meaning of the High Holiday journey, especially during these challenging times.

The complete book is inspiring and can be easily purchased online; note there is an updated paperback edition. If you would prefer a shorter read, here is a link to related portions for our discussion, including Chapter 6: “The Horn Blows, the Gates Swing Open, and We Feel the Winds of Heaven: Rosh Hashanah.”

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