Preparing for the High Holidays

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It is that season. When done right, it is intentionally overwhelming. That is one of the things that motivated me years ago to do Preparing Your Heart for the High Holy Days with my colleague Rabbi Rachel Sabbath-Halachmi, now of Jerusalem. But there are lots of ways to prepare—especially since not everyone is positively disposed to spending the holidays in services at synagogues. Consider the plans of New York’s Skirball Center. While the lead-in (a quiz on the high holidays) is not the most inviting (although the winner does win a shofar—in New York, perhaps a chauffeur would also be appreciated), everything else seems really on target. Getting fit for the holidays. Preparing by doing yoga at a yoga center. Free water and nutrition bars. And an invitation to four three-session courses during the preparatory month (of Elul). (Alas, the courses have fees attached to them.)


  1. Hmmmm…is your book by any chance available online/as a PDF itself?

    I see that at the page your links for the book go to above there are links for “Preview the Forward (PDF)” and
    “Preview the Introduction (PDF)” — but the book itself is listed as “OUT OF STOCK INDEFINITELY”…and if it were available, it too, “alas…[has] fees attached to [it].” ($15.95 is not prohibitively expensive, but free resources will be used by more people!)

    I’ve only just begun to check out the “Jewels of Elul” site (…which also has a link where you can put in your name & address & be sent a free copy of the book (

    I always feel unprepared for the High Holy Days: perhaps some of these resources will help me–and others–this Elul!

    Comment by Becca — August 26, 2006 @ 9:41 pm

  2. Sorry Becca. Perhaps you can find the book through Amazon’s book service. Amazon is usually pretty good about locating books that have become out of stock.

    Comment by Kerry Olitzky — August 26, 2006 @ 11:12 pm

  3. Thanks: Amazon and some other vendors seem to have both new & used copies.
    (Is a sticking point to making it available free on the web that JPS has the copyright?)

    Comment by Becca — August 27, 2006 @ 4:52 pm

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