Tradition & Innovation

Return to Self through the Writings of Etty Hillesum: A Five-Day Intensive

Get a taste of our learning together in the video above!

Led by Hila Ratzabi
Monday through Friday, Sept. 21–25: 12:00–1:00 PM ET
$180 for 5 sessions

The period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is known as the ten days of teshuvah (return/repentance). We will gather for a five-day intensive in which we will engage in spiritual practices inspired by the writings of Etty Hillesum. We will use this time to go inward in preparation for the transformative experience of Yom Kippur. Instead of focusing on the ways in which we have “missed the mark” this year, we will explore how we can come closer to our inner voices and direct connection to God that Etty Hillesum beautifully expressed in her Holocaust diaries and letters. We’ll engage in meditation, writing exercises, personal prayer and discussion. All are welcome regardless of religious background.


All sessions will be recorded and available to participants. You may join the session live or watch recordings at your own convenience.

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Hila Ratzabi is a poet, essayist, writing coach, and editor. Her essays have been published in the Forward, Alma, MyJewishLearning, Kveller and elsewhere. Her poetry has been published widely in literary journals and in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry and Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. Ratzabi holds an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, a BA in English from Barnard College and a BA in Jewish Philosophy from List College at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is Managing Editor of Ritualwell.org, and lives in Oak Park, IL.

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