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The Gates Swing Open: A Rosh Hashanah Community Discussion

Thursday, September 2, 2021 25 Elul 5781

7:00 PM - 8:15 PMConnecticut Avenue Patio


Join the JMCW at Adas in person as we gather together at the Connecticut Avenue patio for a contemplative Rosh Hashanah reflection led by Amy Golen and Ellen Winter. With Rabbi Alan Lew z”l as our teacher, we will discuss sections of his 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 last year’s virtual event looking at the chapter on the ten days of teshuva. Rabbi Lew continues to be one of the leading voices in Jewish spiritual practice and his insights can guide us on the meaning of the High Holiday journey, especially during these uncertain 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 some relevant 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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