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Return to Self through the Writings of Etty Hillesum: A Five-Day Intensive

Led by Hila Ratzabi

Monday through Friday, Sept. 21–25: 12:00–1:00 PM ET

$180 for 5 sessions

All sessions will be recorded and available to participants. You may join the session live or watch recordings at your own convenience.

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The period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is known as the ten days of teshuvah (return/repentance). We will gather for a five-day intensive in which we will engage in spiritual practices inspired by the writings of Etty Hillesum. We will use this time to go inward in preparation for the transformative experience of Yom Kippur. Instead of focusing on the ways in which we have “missed the mark” this year, we will explore how we can come closer to our inner voices and direct connection to God that Etty Hillesum beautifully expressed in her Holocaust diaries and letters. We’ll engage in meditation, writing exercises, personal prayer and discussion. All are welcome regardless of religious background.


Hila Ratzabi
Hila Ratzabi is a poet, essayist and editor. Her essays have been published in the Wisdom Daily, the Jewish Daily Forward, Kveller, Alma, and others. Her poetry has been published in Narrative, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Adroit Journal, The Normal School, and other journals. Her poetry also appears in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry and Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. She is the managing editor of Ritualwell.org.

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