High Holidays

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Reflect and renew. The High Holidays of Elul, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time of reflection and introspection as one year comes to an end and another begins.

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The last month of the Hebrew calendar, Elul offers us a chance to look back and review the passing year while making new commitments and resolutions for the year to come.

Elul begins at sunset, August 9 // Observed September 6, 2021 

After this month of introspection, Rosh HaShanah – “the head of the year” or “the beginning of change” – is the first day to try out being the person we truly with to be. With greater effort, awareness, and recommitting ourselves to repairing the world, we are told, we can celebrate the hope and possibility of a new year with clean slate. This process is known as “doing teshuvah,” turning toward the best possible version of ourselves.

Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset, September 6 // Observed September 7 – 8, 2021

Yom Kippur, “the day of atonement” signals the finale of this reflection process with one final push toward reconciliation and release from feeling as though we have missed the mark. The goal is to make thoughtful resolutions that lead us to be better people.

Yom Kippur begins at sunset, September 15 // Observed September 16, 2021

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Ready to go deep? Cast away your missed moments and regrets from the year with Tashlich or click the Reflect & Renew photo above to view a digital copy of our Journal for Positive Change filled with thought provoking questions to guide you on the path to self improvement (along with lots of other fun to-dos for a better you!).


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