Alden Solovy will help us prepare for the High Holy Days with an exploration of treasures found in the Machzor, our High Holy Day prayer book. Each session will focus on one core prayer, and in conversation and exploration will help create a deeper understanding of the High Holy Day services. Rabbi Mates, Rabbi Rabishaw and Cantor Brock will supplement Solovy’s teachings.
Alden Solovy spreads joy and excitement for prayer. An American Israeli liturgist, poet, and educator, and the Liturgist-in-Residence for the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, his teaching spans from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem to synagogues throughout North America, Leo Baeck College in London, and Limmud Conferences in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. He is the author of five books and writes for Ritualwell, RavBlog and the Times of Israel. Find his latest work at ToBendLight.com. In 2012, Alden made Aliyah to Jerusalem where he is the founder of ManKind Project Israel.
This year, the Temple Beth El Clergy have created the 30 Days of Elul: Awesome Quotes for the Days of Awe. Elul is the month preceding the High Holy Days. This is a month to spiritually prepare for the High Holy Days to reflect and repent. Elul is traditionally a time of introspection and personal accounting.
Starting in the evening of Sunday, August 8, 2021, and each of the 29 days of the Hebrew month of Elul, a new box will be clickable below to reveal a new quote of inspiration handpicked by the Temple Beth El Clergy to prepare us for the Jewish New Year. We will be sending daily notifications via email, text, or social media for each new inspirational quote, or you can bookmark this page to visit each day.
Jews have six senses. Touch, taste, sight, smell, hearing… memory. The Jew is pricked by a pin and remembers other pins. It is only by tracing the pin prick back to other pinpricks – when his mother tried to fix his sleeve while his arm was still in it, when his grandfather‘s fingers fell asleep while stroking his great grandfather’s damp forehead, when Abraham tested the knifepoint to be sure Isaac would feel no pain – that the Jew is able to know why it hurts. When a Jew encounters a pin, he asks: “What does it remember like?”
– Jonathan Safran Foer