HIGH HOLIDAYS 5777 AITZ HAYIM STYLE

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Aitz Hayim is at its best when we use the insights and perspective of our tradition to help us deal effectively with the challenges and complexities we face in our personal and communal lives.

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This year Rabbi Tsafi Lev will join David Landau, Howard and Miles Levy and bassist Larry Gray to create with us an experience that intellectually deep and spiritually moving. Tasfi combines the creativity of being the Jewish educator at the most innovative post-denominational high school in the Los Angeles area with the sophistication of being the west coast director of Irwin Kula’s Rabbi’s Without Borders program.

Already Tsafi, David and Howard are working to integrate the music and prayers into the ongoing discussion of ideas.

We all know that we have multiple narratives to explain the situations we face and to guide us in future action. In our own lives and even in the Torah, many of these organizing stories are in conflict. This year we explore how to use the high holiday experiences to influence how we prioritize among and choose between the different narratives that are available to us. What can we draw from the liturgy, Torah and rituals of the high holidays to shape our personal, communal and political persona?

This year we will gather at our original home, the Highland Park Community House For Erev Rosh Hashana on Sunday night, October 2, first day Rosh Hashana Monday, October 3, second day Rosh Hashana, Tuesday, October 4, Kol Nidre, October 11, Yom Kippur, October 12 for dialogue, song, reflection and exuberance as we face a year of almost unprecedented polarities in the United States, Israel, the entire world and even in our own lives.

Contact the Aitz Hayim office for information. Phone: 847-835-3232 or Email: aitzhayim@gmail.com