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Morah Mary-Margaret

Dear Parents,

It was so great to have this group of Jewish learners back together again.  Although we are still not together in person we could at least be reunited via technology and continue our learning together.  Our theme this year will be "Community" and how Jewish acts and values help us build and maintain that community.  This week the students reviewed that teshuvah תְשׁוּבָהis one of the main components of the High Holidays, and begins with the celebration of the new year, Rosh Hashanah.  

Teshuvah תְשׁוּבָה means “return” and is equated with repentance in Judaism. The period of time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is known as the Days of Awe and is a time for self-reflection and analysis of what we’ve done wrong during the year.  In order to become closer to God and be forgiven for what we have done, we need to go through the process of teshuvah תְשׁוּבָה, which is done person to person. Essentially, we need to apologize to individuals first and ask them for forgiveness during the days leading up to Yom Kippur, and then on the day of Yom Kippur we are ready to apologize to God and seek forgiveness.

We briefly discussed the four steps of Teshuvah and which of those steps is easiest and hardest for us as individuals. What words can we use internally and externally in each of those steps?  We ended with a video that reminds us to engage in Teshuvah, especially during the Days of Awe so that we gain "Clarity".  https://safeshare.tv/x/ss5b181fb0c9523#edit

Fri, May 7 2021 25 Iyyar 5781