The Torah of the New Year: “How Shall It End?”

Date: Sep 26, 2023

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Sponsor: Online Learning | Public Lectures and Events

Location: Online

Category: High Holiday Learning Online Learning Public Lectures & Events

The Torah of the New Year: “How Shall It End”?

Part of our fall holiday learning series, The Torah of the New Year 

Sponsored by Martine Thomas, in memory of her husband, Larry L. Thomas

Tuesday, September 26, 1:00–2:15 p.m.

With Rabbi Gordon Tucker  

The Torah presents Shemini Atzeret—the “Eighth Day of Assembly”—as an add-on to the seven days of the Sukkot pilgrimage festival. The lulav is set aside, and the sukkah vacated. So, is it a “holiday about nothing”?  Or can we see in it a most meaningful coda to the Days of Awe, in which we learn profound lessons about endings? Through a close reading of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), the Yizkor prayer, and other significant texts, we will explore answers to these questions.   

If you have previously registered for another session in this series, your registration admits you to all sessions in the series, and you may attend as many as you’d like. 

Note: The Zoom link for this session will be in the confirmation email that you receive after you register. 

About the Series

The Torah of the New Year 

September 6, 12, 19, & 26, 1:00–2:15 p.m. ET 

Join JTS faculty for a close reading of several of the biblical texts that we read during the fall holiday season. Discover new insights into these readings and reflect on what meanings they hold for us today.