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Virtual Shabbat Box Archives: September 2020

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Your Virtual Shabbat Box holds many ways to celebrate the day. Choose what nurtures you: listen, watch or read.Looking for Shabbat services? Check out Recon Connect for virtual Shabbat services and other live, online programs throughout the week.


September 25-26

This week, we bring you a Virtual Yom Kippur Box

 


September 18-19

This week, we bring you a Virtual Rosh Hashanah box

 


September  11-12

Watch: Seated Spinal Twist

Turning from the base of your spine like wringing out a cloth, gently lengthen your body with this supported twist. Sourced from Reset, providing Jewish activists with accessible spiritual practice and teachings. Learn more here. 

Reset Seated Spinal Twist

 

Read: Elul

The letters of Elul — alef, lamed, vav, lamed — are said to represent the phrase from the Song of Songs: Ani ledodi vedodi li, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” In her poem, Suzanne Sabransky introduces this theme that underlies the season of teshuvah. Sourced from Ritualwell

woman holding book

 


Read: Writing and Reflection Prompts for Elul

Writing can be a profound spiritual practice. Rabbi Katie Mizrachi offers these questions to use each day during the month of Elul, leading up to the High Holy Days, as a way to practice the soul accounting essential to teshuvah. Sourced from Ritualwell

man writing in journal


Watch: Blessed You’ll Be: Mizrachi Rituals and Recipes for 5781

For this challenging New Year of 5781, Adva Chattler pairs original kavvanot with traditional blessings for symbolic Rosh Hashanah foods from the Mizrachi-Sephardi tradition. Sourced from Ritualwell

Blessed You'll Be Mizrachi: Rituals for the New Year - video title card

 

Watch: Recent Theories on the Origins of the Israelites

Dr. Tamar Kamionkowski explores some recent theories on the origins of the Israelites as a people distinct from others who lived in the region of ancient Canaan. Sourced from Recon Connect Beit Midrash
 

Recon Connect Beit Midrash - Origin of the Israelites

 

 


September 4-5
 

Read: Prayer for Change

Poet Cathy Cohen offers this prayer-poem for change. Sourced from Ritualwell

Silhouetted figure sitting on beach rocks watching sunset over lake

 

Watch: Cat and Cow

A dynamic flow of your spinal movement that aligns with your own breath. Sourced from Reset, providing Jewish activists with accessible spiritual practice and teachings. Learn more here.

Cat and Cow

 

Read: Marie Kondo and Mussar — Cleansing Home and Soul

Combining the Marie Kondo approach with an understanding of Mussar, Rabbi Elyssa Cherney suggests a process of soul work via home tidying. Sourced from Ritualwell

neatly stacked towels

 

Listen: The Song of Community

Rabbi Deborah Waxman speaks with Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann, rabbi of SAJ,  and explores the importance of placing joy and connection at the center of vibrant Jewish community, Sourced from Hashivenu: Jewish Teachings on Resilience

Photo of Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann

 

Watch: The Personal Is Political — Using Elul as a Social Justice Opportunity

Working from the popular saying that “the personal is political,” Rabbi Sonya Starr looks at the book of Jonah as a source for Jewish practices that connect teshuvah with tikkun olam. Sourced from Recon Connect Beit Midrash

Recon Connect Beit Midrash - The Personal is Political - Using Elul as a Social Justice Opportunity

 


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Previous Virtual Shabbat Boxes by month: 

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