In this unique and challenging year, we know that each of our High Holidays will be unusual, requiring imagination to connect with community and to undertake the season’s essential experiences of repentance and teshuvah. Few things will look like they have in the past. But they may give us a glimpse of some of what things could look like in the future.
For the Masorti Foundation, we celebrate this year with deep solidarity with our partners from the Masorti Movment of Israel. We are truly in awe of their passion and creativity in ensuring that the vision and spirit of Masorti Judaism is available to all in Israel. The following is a wonderful example of this new Masorti spirituality being created by the rabbis of Masorti Israel — here an intention (kavanah) before blowing the Shofar by Rabbi Gustavo Surazski of Kehillat Netzach Israel in Ashkelon.
Another wonderful example in English and Hebrew is the timely Masorti prayer for the age of Coronavirus. See it here.
Under the restrictions of the new Coronavirus lock-down, Masorti services will be held outside, will be held in limited socially-distanced indoor spaces, and to significant extents in homes throughout Israel.
To fight the dangers of isolation, the Masorti Movement of Israel and the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary have created TISHREI 5781 an amazing collection of resources and links to help Israelis navigate the holidays during the time of Coronavirus. Hebrew speakers will enjoy exploring all of these texts, links, images, and videos throughout the holidays.
But we hope that readers with imperfect Hebrew, or even no Hebrew at all, will explore these creations as well. The guide below should help frame this holiday experience, one that can be a powerful experience for your eyes, your ears, and your spirit. Check it out and see what treasures you can find.
- Recorded Services from Kehillat Zion in Jerusalem. Each service will be broadcast at the appropriate time during the holidays.
- A link to a livestream of services from Kehillat Adat Shalom Emanuel in Rechovot. Cameras will be on and running throughout the holidays giving a direct experience of Masorti Israel religious life.
- Video with rabbinical student Nava Berenshtin presenting the Musaf service for Yom Kippur.
- A link to download the Ashira App from the Schechter Rabbinical Assembly with music and prayer for the holidays.
- A music video of the Sephardic piyyut Adon Ha Selichot.
- A music video of the piyyut Turn to Us with Mercy (including English subtitles).
- A video of Rabbi Na’ama Levitz Applbaum and Yahala Lachmish presenting the Kiddush recorded live at the Masorti Family Kotel during Selichot services.
- A family focused e-magazine from Havurat Tel Aviv for the holiday with images, recipes, shopping lists, articles, guidance on home activities and helpful links for home practice during the holiday.
- A guide to the central prayers of the holidays for home use with page references from three Makhzorim popular among the Masorti Israel kehillot.
- Open the Gate online flipbook offering basic teachings on how to daven on Yom Kippur.
- Video with Rabbi Ehud Bandel presenting Kol Nidre and the evening service for Yom Kippur.
- Video with Rabbi Bandel presenting the closing Neila service for Yom Kippur.
- A NOAM youth movement flipbook for Noam kids and their families to help celebrate the holidays at home.
- Video with Rabbi Chaya Rowen Baker of Kehillat Ramot Zion in Jerusalem teaching members of the community how to blow the shofar at home for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
- A music video of two piyyutim – Avinu Malkenu and El Norra Alila.
- Instructions for how to daven from home prepared by Rabbi Dikla Drukman Sherzer of Kehillat Magen Avraham in Omer.