A Unique Rosh Hashanah
The Westwood Kehilla is excited to offer an alternative service for Rosh Hashanah. Beginning at
10am, classes and group discussions will be offered by our team of rabbis. Join us and explore your
heritage. Discover deep meaning and relate to the holiday in a real and relevant way!
1. “The Coronation Conundrum” Led by Rabbi Moshe Nachbar
How can we be expected to crown the King of all kings when we’re human and He isn’t? How
can the finite relate to the infinite? Through exploration of ideas from our great sages, we will
see how on this day of Rosh Hashana we have the power to coronate Hashem as our King, and
we’ll come to an understanding of the relative importance of this idea.
2. “Why Is This Prayer Different From All Other Prayers?” Led by Rabbi Moshe Nachbar
We can be honest, the Rosh Hashana service is long…really long….and yet we know these
prayers are the foundation for our whole entire year. Through the lenses of the great Jewish
thinkers, we will take a journey through these powerful words and understand the Rosh
Hashana service, specifically Malchiot, Zichronot, and Shofrot [Kings, Recollections and Shofar
3. “The Ultimate Alarm Clock: Understanding Tekiat Shofar” Led by Rabbi Moshe Nachbar
The great sound of the shofar is universally known as a wakeup call for Jewry to return to G-d.
However, it can be difficult to truly understand what to be focusing on during those 100 shofar
blows sounded on Rosh Hashana. Join us for a journey through a study of the commentary of
Rabbi Saadiah Gaon (9th century Egyptian scholar) to understand this awesome Mitzvah.
4. “This Is the Year I….New Year’s Resolutions in Judaism” Led by Rabbi Moshe Nachbar
Change is good. Right? Now is the time to promise ourselves that we will change, we’ll eat
better, read more, jog every morning, but why do we have to change? Is change good? What
happens when we don’t live up to our own expectations? By understanding the true nature of
repentance and character development, all of these questions will be answered so we can truly
experience change for the better.
5. “A Systemic Approach to the High Holy Days” Led by Rabbi Avi Stewart
Judaism believes that everything and everyone has its place, its purpose. Each holiday is unique
and specific. Each Mitzvah is special. Every Jew is essential. How do Rosh Hashanah and Yom
Kippur fit in? What role do they play? How can we best connect to these days?
6. “Getting Past the Apples and Honey” Led by Rabbi Avi Stewart
There has got to be more to our rituals than the kindergarten songs we recall from our youth.
What is the deeper meaning of the apple and honey, the pomegranate and the shofar? Join us as we discuss the essential elements of the holiday of Rosh Hashanah.