Tradition & Innovation

How to Forgive: Opening our Hearts in Elul

Rabbi Vivie Mayer with purple tallit over head

New Ritualwell Learning Networks

Ritualwell is excited to offer a new series of online courses in conjunction with the Reconstructionist Learning Networks, a project of Reconstructing Judaism. Engage in text study, participate in rich discussions, create rituals, and connect with an online community. Come learn with us!

How to Forgive: Opening Our Hearts in Elul

Wednesdays, 12pm–1:15pm EST
August 8, 15, 22
Facilitated by Rabbi Vivie Mayer, Director, Mekhinah-Year Program and Bet Midrash at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Fee: $108 (10% discount for members and staff of the affiliates of Reconstructing Judaism)

Asking for forgiveness
Granting forgiveness
Waiting for forgiveness

How do I ask for forgiveness, and how do I forgive?

Through classic Jewish texts, in preparation for Rosh Hashanah, we will explore the complicated path toward forgiveness. We’ll encounter the stories of Judah, Tamar, and King David, learn from the writings of Maimonides, and listen to the expressive voice of the psalms. We will reflect on how these ancient texts can move us to confront obstacles and take steps to finding a path toward forgiveness in a contemporary heart. We will use these texts as a springboard for personal reflection, with the option of writing and designing ritual as a way to ask for and offer forgiveness.

Register by August 1st and receive 10% off D'vorah Horn's new Teshuvah Cards. These spiritual practice cards guide you through daily contemplative practices during the 40 days between Elul to Yom Kippur—a perfect complement to this course on forgiveness! You will receive your 10% coupon code after registration.




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