Many, many thanks to Beth and Bruce Natkin for their customary warm hosting of us for our Selichot program and prayer last night. Their beautiful home provided a perfect setting for the different aspects of our evening, as we spread out throughout the many rooms for our chevruta (one-on-one) learning and enjoyed their backyard – complete with waterfall – for dessert, havdalah and our late-night Selichot service.
Our learning focused on several texts related to the theme of t’shuvah, as we explored its various meanings of turning, returning, recalibrating and realigning ourselves. The in-depth exploration of these passages chosen from our mahzor – our High Holiday prayer book – and spirited discussion of their meaning and implications for the spiritual work of the holidays prepared us for the reflection that awaits us. For those who would like to see those materials: selichot-texts-tshuva-2016.
We gather next for Rosh Hashana and then Yom Kippur. There are still seats available so please reach out to friends who are in need of a home for the holidays: bchavana-high-holiday-services-2016.
It is looking likely that we will welcome our friend and Israel tour guide Liat Bussiba to our Rosh Hashana services as she travels through the U.S. We’re looking forward to a warm reunion.
I am excited and eager to share the upcoming holidays with you. I am most excited about the participation of many of our members in the creation of the special spiritual experience that is the B’Chavana High Holiday celebration, from those who sing and play instruments to those who chant Torah and write Divrey Torah to the special video pieces unique to our services to the presentations of the Brandweins who, yes, will be back again.
Have a good week and take a moment each day to reflect.