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Preparing Your Heart for the Days of Awe

Past Sessions
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 4 Tishrei 5784 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM -
Tuesday, September 12, 2023 26 Elul 5783 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM -

The Days of Awe - Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and the days in between – form a tapestry of beauty, depth and meaning for the inner life. Unfortunately, some of this magnificent tapestry is lost in the structure of High Holy Days services.

In these two sessions, Rabbi Finley will describe the inner depths of the high holy days and offer guidance (including book recommendations) for your inner work practice during these days.



6 - 7:30 PM PST
Drawing from Hassidic sources, Rabbi Finley will teach about the spiritual dimensions of the courtroom drama, our signatures on the book of our deeds, the metaphor of the shofar, and the power of return, meditative practice and righteous giving in changing our lives. Time permitting, we will also discuss the narratives of Hagar (Genesis Ch. 21) and the attempted sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis Ch. 22).

6 - 7:30 PM PST
Yom Kippur, the “day of expiation,” is like a great Mikvah, when all the obstructions between ourselves and other people, and between ourselves and the divine can be washed away. We will study the hidden meaning of Kol Nidrei, the transformational power of confession. Of special importance will be the readings from the prophets for Yom Kippur in the odd satire of the book of Jonah.

$10 for each class
(must be taken together)

$20 one person, one screen // $30 two people, one screen

Once you make your payment, you'll receive an automatic confirmation email with a link to register on Zoom. 
You must register on Zoom to obtain the meeting ID & PW and the weekly class recordings. 
Save the email from Zoom (as you only receive it once) and use it every week to log-in.

(Students will be sent a link to a recording of each class. The link to the recording expires after five days.
We will not be able to accommodate requests for retrieval of the recording after the expiry date.)

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Sun, October 1 2023 16 Tishrei 5784