Taught by Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz
The month of Elul is a traditional time of self-reflection; an opportunity to look back at our actions from the last year, think of ways to do better in the coming year, ask forgiveness of those around us, and extend forgiveness to others.
The slichot service – opening penitential chants, takes place at midnight in the Ashkenazi tradition, and in the early pre-dawn hours in the Sephardi tradition. What makes prayer in the wee hours of the night so potent? And why is asking forgiveness in the night time thought better? Join us as we look at the parallel Sephardi and Ashkenazi slichot service, and discuss the similarities and differences as they relate to the issue of teshuva and sleep/wakefulness.
This class will be followed by the midnight service of slichot (forgiveness).
Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz is Rabbi and Education Director at Temple B’nai Brith. She received Rabbinic ordination at the Rabbinic School at Hebrew College in Newton, where she also earned an MA in Judaic Studies. Born and raised in Israel, Rabbi Eliana studied fashion design and attended law school at Tel Aviv University. In the US, she earned a BA in history from Colorado University and an MA in medieval history from Boston University. She edited the Hebrew translation of These Are the Words by Arthur Green (Yediot Acharonot Press, 2008).
Event Location: Temple Bnai Brith
201 Central St, Somerville, Massachusetts, 02145
Until Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 12:00 am