Are You Ready For Rosh Hashanah?


For the ten days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, this book offers a daily biblical or rabbinic themed essay, passages for textual study, and a practical exercise for self-improvement. Return offers an engaging dialogue with both text and self, empowering Jews of all backgrounds to connect to the Days of Awe.


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SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

To Love Again on Rosh Hashana

Turn me back, and I will return, for You, Lord, are my God
— Jeremiah 31:18

In the haftarah on the second day of Rosh Hashana -Jeremiah 31:2-20 - we enter Jeremiah's complex universe of exile and its travails. Yet we only read half of a 40 verse chapter. As a result, we miss out on verses that seem a clear fit for the season, like this one: "For I will be their God and they will be my people" (31:33) or "For I will forgive their iniquities, and remember their sins no more" (31:34). Clearly the sages of old picked this text and parsed it with a specific goal in mind, namely that we absorb certain prophetic lessons.

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