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Selichot Study Session - Book Discussion

Saturday, September 17, 2022 21 Elul 5782

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared by Rabbi Alan Lew

Seriously, read (or listen) to this book in the weeks before the High Holy Days and then join us for a discussion! See below for more details and then get started!

(from the publisher) The Days of Awe encompass the weeks preceding Rosh Hashanah up to Yom Kippur, a period in which Jews take part in a series of rituals and prayers that reenact the journey of the soul through the world from birth to death. This is a period of contemplation and repentance, comparable to Lent and Ramadan. Yet, for Rabbi Alan Lew, the real purpose of this annual passage is for us to experience broken-heartedness and open our heart to God.

In This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared, Lew has marked out a journey of seven distinct stages, one that draws on these rituals to awaken our soul and wholly transform us. Weaving together Torah readings, Buddhist parables, Jewish fables and stories from his own life, Lew lays bare the meanings of this ancient Jewish passage. He reveals the path from terror to acceptance, confusion to clarity, doubt to belief, and from complacency to awe. 

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