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Elul 5781 Teshuvah Study Project

3 Congregations, 4 Weeks, 4 Teachers --
And Your Own Partner!

Prepare for the High Holy Days by exploring teshuvah in this unique collaboration
involving the Hadar Institute and master teacher Rabbi Shai Held along with three small congregations:
Temple Beth Abraham of Nashua NH, Temple Beth Tikvah of Roswell GA, and Temple Emanu-El of Haverhill MA!

Click here to register now!

How We're Learning

  • Two live lectures with Rabbi Shai Held, on Sundays, August 8 and September 5 at 7:30 pm, Erev Rosh Chodesh Elul and the night before Rosh Hashanah
  • Weekly study sheet, along with video guide to how to study and discuss
  • chavruta (partner) from one of the collaborating congregations
  • Tuesday, August 17 from 12:00-1:00 pm -- Drop in and ask questions about any of the material with our collaborating clergy Rabbi Jon Spira-Savett, Rabbi Alexandria Shuval-Weiner, Cantor Vera Broekhuysen -- open to all whether you are partnering with a chavruta or not
  • Sunday, August 22 from 11:30-12:30 pm -- Lunch and Learn with the three of us and members of all three congregations -- open to all
  • To join on August 17 or 22 by Zoom, click here (no registration required)

Free of charge for members of all three congregations. Click here to register for the chavruta (partner) part of the program and we'll be back with resources and more details.

The Theme

Teshuvah, often translated as "repentance," is one of the most startling and central concepts in Jewish life—throughout the year but especially during preparation for the High Holidays. The idea that we can sin, work on ourselves, return to the correct path, and then be forgiven is just as essential as it is revolutionary. If it weren’t for this process, we could be stuck in our ways, never changing, never forgiven, always the sinner.

But what does teshuvah actually entail? What are its goals? What is "acceptable" versus "ideal" teshuvah? How can you demonstrate that you have changed? How much does teshuvah rely on God's grace to be effective? And are there any metaphors that can help us focus on this important internal (and external) work?

This course explores four different perspectives on teshuvah, ranging from classical sources to modern Jewish thought. While it may not provide real answers to these unanswerable questions, the discussions help frame and conceptualize the core issues. Each week is a window into this fundamental question: what does it take for a person to change?

About the Hadar Institute and Project Zug

Thu, September 23 2021 17 Tishrei 5782