If you are in search of something a little bit different and inspirational as you approach the High Holidays—something that may enrich your holiday experience this year—Hebrew College answers the call. Its recently-published Hebrew College High Holiday Companion is a collection that emerged out of a unique collaboration among faculty, staff, students and alumni of various Hebrew College programs and is designed for personal reflection as well as group study during the month of Elul and throughout the High Holidays.

The Companion’s offerings are testament to the vibrant, pluralistic and diverse nature of the Hebrew College learning community and includes writings that are poetic, academic, inspirational, and introspective. Its intent is to awaken an insight into the scriptural readings for the season; spark conversations; and guide its readers through their own process of teshuvah—the paradoxical process of return, in which one must enter territory that is uncharted and unknown in order to find the way home.

Among the 24 contributors are such thought leaders and luminaries as Rabbi Arthur Green, Rector of the Rabbinical School (Rosh Hashanah Musaf: Submission, Memory and Responsibility); Rabbis Nehemia Polen and Michael Shire, Professor of Jewish Thought at the Rabbinical School and Chief Academic Officer and Dean of the Shoolman School of Education, respectively (Ha’yom Harat Olam: Today the World is Conceived); Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, Dean of the Rabbinical School (The Ram’s Horn: On being Caught in the Thicket); Dr. Bernice Lerner, Director of Adult Learning (Ne’ilah: The Opening of the Close); Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, President of the College (The Dual Nature of Shofar); and Rabbi Or Rose, Director of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership (One Thing I Ask of YHWH”: Psalm 27).

Copies of the High Holiday Companion are available for individual purchase and at reduced rates for larger quantities and resale. They may be purchased online at bookstore.hebrewcollege.edu.

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