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August 26, 2020 in Guest Post
This is the fourth week of the month. For Reflections Off the Bimah, the fourth week features thought leaders from throughout the Jewish world and beyond. These special posts give you the opportunity to consider important opinions you may not readily encounter. This week’s post comes from Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter and Marc Fein. This was originally published on MyJewishLearning.com It is time to start considering how you are going to make your home a space for a spiritual experience.
Many of us might be grieving what can’t be this year, but the High Holidays are also a time to consider what’s possible.
This High Holiday season is going to be markedly different than other years. There are so many things we will miss: Sitting down in our usual seat in synagogue, connecting with family and friends over large meals, and hearing the shofar and classic melodies.
At the same time, Rosh Hashanah celebrates the creation of the world. And this year, we have an opportunity to create a new experience of the High Holidays at home.
Many of us might be grieving what can’t be this year, and that is natural. But one way to look at this year’s High Holidays is to consider what becomes possible in this time.
As you think about the holidays this year, here some questions to consider:
With these questions in mind, here are some suggestions to help you create a meaningful High Holidays experience by yourself or with a small group at home.
The High Holidays are a time of preparation. In fact, Jewish tradition teaches that the entire month of Elul that immediately precedes the High Holidays is meant to be a time of reflection and spiritual preparation. Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is another preparatory period, the Ten Days of Repentance, when we closely examine our deeds and repair broken relationships. Use these times for well. They are especially important this year.
Many of us will be unable to attend a synagogue in person this year, but we can still create a makom tefillah, a place of prayer, in our homes.
Like all Jewish holidays, food is an essential piece of the Rosh Hashanah experience.
For many of us, the High Holidays are a time to come together as a community. It may feel strange not to be praying in a room with others on the holiday. But there are still ways to create a sense of togetherness anyway.
The core ritual of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar. Some synagogues are blowing the shofar outdoors in various neighborhoods, so check to see if that’s an option for you. Buf if it isn’t, here are some alternatives.