Elul Explorations Live from The Schechter Institute in Jerusalem
Were the Rabbis Really in Favor of Teshuva on Yom Kippur?
Sunday, September 8 • 10AM • Anshe Emet
In our study we will explore various Talmudic stories that actually take place on the Eve of Yom Kippur. How did our Sages prepare for Yom Kippur? How did they relate to repentance and teshuva and the intellectual and spiritual challenge the concepts represent? Amazingly, we will see many rabbis fail the test, while others learn their lesson. Journey with me into Talmudic times where the wisdom of our Sages will provide us with a complex, compelling and enriching perspective of Teshuva and human relations, with Yom Kippur, the Holiest of Days, serving as the backdrop.
Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch is the Dean of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary (SRS) in Jerusalem. Since taking on leadership of SRS in 2016, Rabbi Avi has initiated a number of exciting projects including the Ashira - “Making Music a Jewish Experience” program; successful Torah Lishmah (Torah for its Own Sake) programs for the general Israeli public at Schechter’s Jerusalem and Tel Aviv campuses and special Bet Midrash
The Sacred Drama of Crossing-Over—Sign Yourself in the Book of Life!
Sunday, September 15 • 10AM • Anshe Emet
“Akavia ben Mahalalel says: Keep your eye on three things, and you will not come to sin: Know from where you came, and to where you are going, and before Whom you are destined to give an account and a reckoning” (Pirkei Avot 3:1)
“Who will live and who will die?” (Netaneh Tokef, prayer on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur) How we are born and how we are buried are two foundational stories that bracket our identity and lives. While we have no say about our birth, I will present a new conceptual framework for the Halachic rituals connected to burial and mourning.
The sources and questions that we will address are intended to expose us to new ways of thinking about one of the most vitally important transitions in our lives and lead us to strengthen our commitment to life. What role do you play in this Sacred Drama? Are you the playwright, the director or perhaps the producer? Do you have a lead role or perhaps you are but a supporting actor? Imagine yourself taking responsibility for actually showing up at your own funeral!
Rabbi Dr. Reb Mimi Feigelson is the Mashpiah Ruchanit (spiritual mentor) of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary (SRS) in Jerusalem, where she guides and walks with the rabbinical students on their personal-
spiritual journeys. She is also Senior Lecturer of Rabbinics and Hassidic Thought at SRS. She served as the Mashpiah Ruchanit of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles for 16 years. Prior to this, Reb Mimi was one of the founders of the “Yakar” Beit Midrash and community.