apologies, and radical yontifs…

by tobybee

Apologies for our lack of posting over the last couple of weeks – illness and work commitments have hit us both hard. We’ll get back on top of things as soon as possible.

In the mean time, I’ve been thinking a bit about the upcoming days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur for two reasons – firstly, because my family is attending a new synagogue for the first time this year, and I think we’re all a little bit excited (and perhaps a tad nervous), and secondly, because both nights of R.H. conflict with the AFL preliminary finals, which my team will (baruch hashem, god willing, inshallah etc etc) be playing in. What’s a good Jew/St Kilda supporter to do – go to the game or spend the night at family dinner?

I might post more on those topics in the coming days.

For now, thanks to Jewschool for a post about a radical Yom Kippur retreat that’s happening in North Carolina:

“The NC Havurah will be hosting a wonderful Yom Kippur retreat at The Stone House. So if you live in the area (or you’re willing to travel), come join us in building a spiritual and radical religious community at a two day Yom Kippur retreat full of study, singing, fasting, and prayer.

We plan to create a spiritually uplifting, emotionally engaging, introspective, and welcoming space. In addition to focusing on our personal atonement we will be talking and reflecting critically about the teaching/meaning of Yom Kippur in the context of the ongoing occupation of Palestine and Palestinian people. We welcome people who identify in a diversity of ways. This will be an antizionist, nonzionist, diasporist, queer and trans positive space.

We will spend Sunday day in a variety of workshops, studying and discussing the themes, prayers, practices, and meaning of Yom Kippur. This will include private and paired engagement in teshuva (a return/change/repentance/transformation/healing process) to help us reflect on where we have been in the previous year and where we aim to be in the year to come. Sunday evening and Monday we will observe Yom Kippur together through prayer, singing, fasting, and reflection. On Monday evening we will break fast together.”

It sounds quite amazing, no.

Anyone got any other equally exciting plans for yontif??