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Holidays Series:
High Holidays
   

Pre-course Information Packet

The High Holiday Handbook is divided into four independent sections, each of which can be accessed from the course Home Page. Course files are called "Modules."
  1. Weekly Focus Section - Each week, we will explore a different issue relating to the High Holiday period. Several questions appear at the end of each weekly module, which you have the option of responding to and receiving a personal response.
  2. Themes Section - Chronological arrangement of many of the themes of the High Holiday period - beginning with the month preceding Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur.
  3. Laws & Customs Section - Chronological arrangement of many of the laws and customs of the High Holiday period - beginning with the month preceding Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur.
  4. Prayers Section - An explanation of select prayers from the High Holidays prayer book
   

Weekly Focus Section

  1. Teshuvah & Free Will
  2. Causes of Sin
  3. The Father - Son Relationship
  4. G-d's Memory
  5. Opportunities to do Teshuvah
  6. Human Relationships - Learning to Care
  7. Requesting Forgiveness From People
  8. Requesting Forgiveness From G-d
   

Laws & Customs Section

  1. Preparing for the High Holidays - Laws & Customs of the Month of Elul
  2. The Day Preceding Rosh Hashanah
  3. Rosh Hashanah Night
  4. Rosh Hashanah Day
  5. Shofar
  6. The Ten Days of Teshuvah
  7. The Day Before Yom Kippur
  8. Kol Nidrei (Evening) Service
 

 

Themes Section

  1. Preparing for the High Holidays - Themes of the Jewish Month of Elul
  2. The Day Preceding Rosh Hashanah
  3. Rosh Hashanah: A Renewal of Life
  4. Affecting Divine Judgment
  5. Cycle of Jewish Fast Days
   

Prayers Section

  1. Introduction to Prayers
  2. The Thirteen Attributes of Divine Mercy
  3. High Holidays Amidah (Prayer of Silent Devotion) (part 1)
    • Preparation for Prayer - Remembering the Exodus
    • How we approach G-d
    • G-d identifies Himself with the Patriarchs
    • G-d identifies with us: The secret of eternal merit
    • High-Holidays-Season Addition to the Prayers: A plea to judge us for life
    • Second Blessing - G-d’s awesome power
    • High-Holidays Addition to the Prayers: G-d shows His power through mercy
    • Third Blessing - Exhibiting holiness
    • High-Holidays Additions to the Prayers - Looking to the future
    • Universal Recognition of G-d - The Meaning of "Fear of G-d"
    • Recognition of the Jewish people
    • The Land of Israel
    • Return to true leadership
  4. G-d Remembers Righteous Women
  5. G-d Tests Abraham
  6. Yom Kippur – Prayers & Themes