As the High Holy Days draw near I want to alert you to a new website that will guide you through the 10 day period between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. I hope you will take the time to enroll and that this exercise will guide you in thinking about the new year.
Launched before Rosh HaShanah in 2008, www.doyou10q.com brought the idea of aseret ye’mei ha-teshuva—the ten days of return—to the web. In the Jewish calendar, these ten days beginning with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur have been dedicated to making amends between both God and humanity. The liturgical additions arouse repentance and rabbinic writings encourage each individual to take the time to do a heshbon ha-nefesh -- accounting of the soul. For a modern spin, the website’s “10Q” provides a different question each day for this introspection and self-reflection. Go ahead—check out www.doyou10q.com. It is the traditional model of the ten days, but in a digital form. Through the website, your answers to the guiding questions are saved and will be sent to you shortly before Rosh HaShanah 5773/2012 so you can see how the year went. The site is renewing an old custom for the digital age and making a tradition relevant to modern Jews who spend much of their time focused on LCD screens.
Ken, Tamar, Gabriel and Nina join me in wishing you and your family a good, healthy new year.
Shanah tova u'metukah.
Rabbi Amy Wallk Katz
P.S. I hope you'll be joining us this Saturday night, September 24 for Selihot. The evening begins with Havdalah, followed by the film,Wasserman the Rain Man. Seventy-three year old Wasserman swore never to pray again. He blames God for his family's annihilation during the Holocaust. He is unwilling to forgive. But a dire situation forces Wasserman to reconsider. He needs money; his creditors are knocking on his door. The only way his religious neighbors will help him out is if he agrees to join them in the synagogue for a communal prayer to end the devastating drought that is plaguing their region. Now Wasserman has to confront his two daughters and grandson in a final attempt to hold on to his family and his land. He has 24 hours to make a decision... The film will be followed by a dessert reception at and Selihot services at 9:15.
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