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A Unique Rosh Hashanah

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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

sounds].

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.

 

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