Tradition & Innovation

Gates of Awe: Writing New High Holiday Liturgy

Led by Alden Solovy
Wednesdays, June 23, 30, July 7, 14 and August 18, 2021, 12:00 PM–1:30 PM EST
Prepare for the High Holidays with an exploration of four treasures from our High Holy Day Machzor with liturgist Alden Solovy. Our goal is to use classic prayer as our writing prompts. Each 90-minute session focuses on one of four foundational prayers of the High Holy Days. Each session will also include time for writing, small group readings and discussion, as well as a wrap up. We’ll examine the Unetaneh Tokef (Power of the Day), Vidui (Confession), Kol Nidre (Release), and Avinu Malkeinu (Almighty and Merciful). The sessions will include exploration, conversation, writing, and exchange. After the final class on July 14th, you’ll have a month to polish your work after which we’ll gather again on August 18th for a closing meeting where we’ll read and share our work and the journey.
Although sessions will be recorded and sent to you afterwards, live participation in the session is recommended.


To view our full list of online learning opportunities visit: www.ritualwell.org/learn

Ritualwell is committed to offering an accessible space to our community members. We commit to:
  • Providing participants with all the session materials ahead of time
  • Providing automated captions on all live sessions
  • Providing subtitles for all recorded sessions
  • Using the chat function and read it aloud during the sessions
  • Asking for participant accessibility needs and doing our best to accommodate them.

Please feel welcome to contact us at ritualwell@reconstructingjudaism.org.

Alden Solovy spreads joy and excitement for prayer. An American Israeli liturgist, lyricist, poet, author, and educator, Alden is the Liturgist-in-Residence for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Alden teaches prayer and spirituality throughout the world. Based in Jerusalem, his five solo books include This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day, This Joyous Soul: A New Voice for Ancient Yearnings, and the newly released This Precious Life: Encountering the Divine with Poetry and Prayer, all published by CCAR Press. A regular contributor to Ritualwell and a member of the Ritualwell Immersion faculty, his work is anthologized in more than 20 other volumes across the religious spectrum. Alden also contributes regularly to RavBlog, ReformJudaism.org, and the Times of Israel. He’s a three-time winner of the Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism. Alden made aliyah to Jerusalem in 2012. See his work at www.tobendlight.com. Alden can be reached at alden@tobendlight.com

Found in: High Holiday Resources for 5781

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