The Sukkot festival begins at sunset this evening. A reminder that the first two days of the festival are full holidays, so our office will be closed and routine email, phone and social media communications from us will take a break. But of course, lots will still be happening over the next couple of days, including Zoom services at 10 (I'll be Zooming from our Sukkah, with lulav in hand) and our in-person Blessing of the Animals on Wed at 4 in the TBE Sukkah, weather permitting. Since we will not be able to send out notices for that event during the festival, if it is raining on Wed afternoon, you can assume that the Blessing of the Animals will be postponed.
Rabbi Ginsburg will be speaking at services on Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, I'll be discussing "Not Your Grandmother's Sukkah." Sukkot is a holiday that begs us to get outside and interact with the environment - it's the original Jewish "Outward Bound." You can preview the materials here. And while we are at it, check out this tiny periscopic sukkah. Yom Kippur has passed, but I wanted to share a very powerful short film, which connects to the theme of forgiveness: Forgiveness 5782, by Aaron Samuels and produced by Reboot in partnership with Hillel International. This piece addresses the Jewish community’s collective atonement journey as we grapple with the pandemic of COVID-19 and the pandemic of racism that were each intertwined and hyper-present in the years 5780 and 5781. Accompanying the short film, Hillel has developed an educational toolkit to provide a framework for reflecting on the piece.
Rabbi Joshua Hammerman
Our dumpster filled up with sins last week
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