High Holiday Webinars

High Holiday Webinars

5782 | 5781 Atonement: An Interplay Between the Individual and the Community Download Sources Faith, Forgiveness and Prayer: Finding Meaning in the Days of AweHigh Holidays 5781 God of the Faithful, God of the Faithless:Belief and Doubt in Prayerwith Rabbi Jan UhrbachDownload sources Seeking and Offering Forgiveness:What are We Doing and How Do We Do It?with Rabbi Eliezer […]

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JTS High Holiday Webinars

JTS High Holiday Webinars

MONDAYS, September 12 & september 191:00 P.M. TO 2:30 P.M. ET  Join JTS in preparing for this year’s High Holiday season with two meaningful and enriching sessions.  Sources and recordings for these sessions will be posted here.

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Revelation at Sinai

Revelation at Sinai

Both of the images below reflect the awe and wonder at Sinai, reflecting two types of revelation: both the perception of God’s presence and the manifestation of God’s will through the laws of the Torah. These 19th Century prints from Special Collections of the JTS Library highlight the overwhelming presence of this moment. Text Who […]

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Finding the Four Children

Finding the Four Children

Texts Intent of a Question (Eliezer Diamond): Understanding the evil child’s question The Right to Question (Ismar Schorsch): Amplifying the importance of engaging children in the Jewish story Videos The Right Answer for the Wrong Questionswith Rabbi Julia Andelman Wise and Simple: A Rabbinic Idealwith Rabbi Lilly Kaufman Elijah’s Cup: A Time for Family Reunionwith […]

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Stories and Storytelling

Stories and Storytelling

Join JTS scholars to explore a selection of stories drawn from across ancient, rabbinic, medieval, and modern Jewish literature. We will consider the power of shared stories, the unique ways in which they transmit values, norms, culture, and information, and how they can bring Jews together across time and space.

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Shavuot Learning

Shavuot Learning

EXPLORE THESE SOURCES FROM SCHOLARS AND STUDENTS AT THEJEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY TO ENRICH YOUR SHAVUOT EXPERIENCE. These nine images are part of one illumination that depicts Moses receiving the law. It comes from a 15th Century Manuscript, The Rothschild Mahzor, which is part of JTS Special Collections. You can learn more here about the image […]

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High Holiday Reflections

High Holiday Reflections

By The Jewish Theological Seminary | Collected Resources | Rosh Hashanah | Shabbat Shuvah | Yom Kippur

Explore these sources from JTS Scholars, Students, and Alumni to enrich the Yamim Nora’im.

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Your God is My God

Your God is My God

With these words, Ruth takes on Naomi’s religion. Ruth is emblematic of the process of becoming a Jew and these texts illuminate both her model and others of conversion. TEXT Love for All (Judith Hauptman): The commandment to love the stranger as yourself as a connection to conversion at Sinai Video Insight on Conversion from […]

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The Esslingen Mahzor

The Esslingen Mahzor

The Esslingen Mahzor was written and decorated by Kalonymos ben Judah, who lived in Mainz in the thirteenth century; it is his only known work and we know little else about him. In the colophon, ben Judah writes that he completed the mahzor on 28 Tevet 5050 (January 12, 1290), making it the earliest dated […]

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In Every Generation

In Every Generation

In every generation, one must see oneself as if one had personally experienced the Exodus from Egypt. These resources show connections across time and place, highlighting the eternal nature of the struggle for redemption. Texts Evergreen Lessons from the Haggadah (Chancellor Shuly Rubin Schwartz): The haggadah commands us to experience slavery to develop historical empathy From […]

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Trope & Nusah

Trope & Nusah

Trope Recordings by Cantor Sarah Levine (CS ’17). For the Book of Ruth Festival Nusah (Male Voice) Recordings by Rabbi and Hazzan Seth AdelsonProject coordinator: Rabbi David Freidenreich Festival Ma’ariv Festival Shaharit Festival Musaf Festival Nusah (Female Voice) Recordings by Cantor Arianne BrownProject coordinator: Rabbi David Freidenreich Festival Ma’ariv Festival Shaharit Festival Musaf

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Teshuvah

Teshuvah

Teshuvah means return and annual process of teshuvah provides us with a way to engage our past selves and move forward. These resources offer insight into this yearly renewal.

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A Wandering People: Jewish Journeys, Real and Imagined

A Wandering People: Jewish Journeys, Real and Imagined

By The Jewish Theological Seminary | Video Lecture

Notions of home and homeland have been redefined by Jewish wandering. Drawing on literary, spiritual, and historical sources and responses, JTS scholars explore what happens when Jews—whether by force or voluntarily, whether in reality or in the imagination—travel from one place to another. 

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Rosh Hashanah Liturgy

Rosh Hashanah Liturgy

TEXTS Lacking Praise (Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz): Why is Hallel absent from the Rosh Hashanah liturgy The Value of Doubt (Rabbi Julia Andelman): Vekhol Ma’aminim, the conflict between belief and doubt Choosing to Choose (Rabbi Jan Uhrbach): “Hayom Harat Olam” and the value of creation Safe in God’s Memory (Rabbi Mychal Springer): The Rosh Hashanah Amidah […]

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Seder Symbols

Seder Symbols

Pesah, matzah, and maror provide important experiential connections to the feeling of being enslaved and free. Texts Matzah’s Majestic Meaning (Judith Hauptman): Both the bread of affliction and redemption Pesah Three Ways (Matthew Berkowitz): Exploring the multiple meanings of the Pesah sacrifice Videos The Bitter Truthwith Dr. David KraemerConsider having a Maror tasting at your […]

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Reframing the Liturgy

Reframing the Liturgy

TEXTS (ROSH HASHANAH) Lacking Praise (Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz) The Value of Doubt (Rabbi Julia Andelman): Zichronot (Memories) (Rabbi Samuel Barth) TEXTS (YOM KIPPUR) Tip the Scales (Chancellor Shuly Rubin Schwartz): Examining U-netaneh Tokef in light of the COVID pandemic The Psychology of Our Prayers (Chancellor Emeritus Arnold Eisen): From the rhythmic chant of Ashamnu to the […]

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Torah & Haftarah

Torah & Haftarah

Torah Readings Shavuot Day 1 Shavuot Day 2 Haftarah Readings Shavuot Day 1 Shavuot Day 2

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Torah Commentary

Torah Commentary

Shemot Va’era Bo Beshallah

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Counting the Omer

Counting the Omer

Starting with the evening of the Second Seder, we count the days between Pesah and Shavuot. These fifty days can be an opportunity for personal reflection and revelation. Text Counting the Moments (Shuly Rubin Schwartz): “The celebration of Shavuot was embedded in temporal ambiguity. Jews could strive for the moment when they would commemorate receiving […]

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Rosh Hashanah Torah Readings

Rosh Hashanah Torah Readings

By The Jewish Theological Seminary | Collected Resources | Va'era | Vayera | Rosh Hashanah

Both of the Torah readings for Rosh Hashanah are taken from Parsha Vayera. The first day reading tracks the birth of Isaac, the exile of Hagar and the subsequent saving of Ishmael. The Akedah or Binding of Isaac is read on the second day.

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