On Monday, August 30 at 7:30 pm EDT, we reprise last year’s popular readers’ discussion, facilitated by our vice-president Victoria Kohl with the book, This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation, by Rabbi Alan Lew z''l.
Whether you've read the book or not, please join us for an evening of enlightening discussion and exploration. The first chapter, which is powerful in itself, is available for your viewing here.
“For readers whom a relationship to the divine is a desperately personal matter”, writes Norman Fisher in its forward, “This is Real, is an astonishing and unexpected journey through the normative Jewish practice of the High Holidays, a journey that breathes drama and personal urgency into a tradition that many of us had dismissed as too faint to hold what we were feeling.”
**Content Advisory** On pp. 85-92 of Chapter 4, Rabbi Lew grapples with a difficult section of the Torah, "Ki Tetzei,” which deals with the assault of women taken captive after battle. We understand that many within our community have experienced sexual violence in some form, and your health and safety, both emotionally and physically, are deeply important to us. We encourage anyone who does not want to engage with this challenging text to skip the above passage. If you'd like to discuss this passage, please do so with consideration for your fellow congregants and their relative levels of comfort with topics such as these. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to [email protected]