I haven't read these readings yet, but I have read a lot of material by Hadar rabbis and I have listened to many of their podcasts. This is the description:
The cycle of teshuvah (repentance) that leads us up to the High Holidays promises a clean slate, a way to cleanse our previous sins and begin the year renewed. But we also know that the truth is more complicated than that: a new beginning is always, in some ways, a continuation of what came before. Our slates are never fully clean. Relationships remain broken, our communities remain divided, and we can’t know for certain whether God accepts our teshuvah or not. And yet, there’s still hope in the transformative power of true teshuvah. These essays from Hadar’s distinguished faculty discuss meanings of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the central theme of teshuvah, offering insights and calls to action, both internal and external. We hope you use this resource to enrich your experience of this central time of year, that you use these ideas when you are thinking of your own teshuvah and your place in fixing what is sadly broken in the world.
As preparation for the upcoming Holy Days, I have been attending a learning session on Sunday mornings led by a member of my congregation on "How to become a better person" with sources from a wide range of Jewish rabbis from Talmudic to modern times. She presented material from Maimonides (the "Rambam") on the "Golden Mean" this week.
Post by Debbie B. on Sept 23, 2019 12:56:23 GMT -5
These readings are not from Hadar, but I thought it would be better to add the link to this thread rather than to create a new thread. I have not read through these readings, but they were recommended by the now adult "child" of good friends from my lay-led minyan. He is friends with Deena Cowans, who wrote the contribution to the readings that it on the page that comes up in the link. I found in a quick scan of some of the pages, that the contributors span a wide range from Orthodox rabbis (Rabbi Jonathan Sacks) to Israeli literary figures (A.B. Yehoshua). 929 Rosh Hashanah Reflections