Pre-Yom Kippur Zoom Text Study
Some years, we need the High Holidays to make us pause, to confront our actions, to repair our relationships, and to face our mortality. This year, in the midst of a global pandemic and political and societal turmoil, many of us have already been forced to acknowledge the fragility of our lives and the lives of our loved ones, and to take the accounting of our relationships we might normally reserve for the Yamim Noraim.
We invite you to join us for a pre-Yom Kippur text study on Wednesday, September 23 at 5:00 PM, UK time to examine the closing refrain of the Unetaneh Tokef prayer. While the words of this liturgical poem are designed to make us confront our fragility, they are also a call to action, forcing us to ponder how we can intervene to ameliorate the profound brokenness of the world.
We know that far more uncertainty lies ahead and that many of the difficulties that we are now facing will follow us into 5781. While none of us alone can solve the myriad problems we face in the world today, each of us can — and must — act. In the words of Pirkei Avot, “It is not for you to complete the task, neither are you free to stand aside from it.” (Pirkei Avot 2:21)
Please join us to study and reflect on the cheshbon hanefesh (soul searching) that is so central to this season — around the intersections of our progressive and Israel values. Join us on Wednesday, September 23 on Zoom. Register here to receive a link or dial-in information.
Wishing you much health and strength and with prayers and renewed dedication to building a more healthy, just, and shared world in the coming year.
Chief Executive, New Israel Fund
23 September 2020