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10 Days of T'shuvah

The 10 days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are a time of critical self-analysis. This introspective task, which is called cheshbon hanefesh (“an accounting of the soul”), can often feel abstract or amorphous. This page offers a tool for a guided process of increased self-awareness around the issue of race in America. Building on my Rosh Hashanah 5781 sermon "Scraping the Rust,” which looked at the question of racial justice through the lens of t’shuvah (repentance), this page provides a link to an option or two of something to watch, read, or do on each of the 10 Days of Awe. Whether you choose to spend 15 minutes a day or invest a little longer, these resources will help you to expand your own understanding of the way that racism, implicit bias, and white supremacy operate in each of us.

I suspect many of your nightstands look like mine, piled high with the anti-racism books I promised myself I’d read after the death of George Floyd. With this mammoth pile of books, I’ve managed to make the daunting task of confronting racism more overwhelming, not less (and there have also been interesting critiques of the impact of these reading lists). My hope is that these short and diverse offerings will help all of us to break free of the rut of “thinking about acting,” so that we can start acting to make real change in ourselves and our world.

I look forward to reflecting with you in some of our Yom Kippur afternoon sessions and in the months to come on the realizations and new year's resolutions that will spring forth from this process.

-Rabbi Fixler

Tishrei 1: September 19


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Tishrei 2: September 20


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Tishrei 3: September 21


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Tishrei 4: September 22


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Tishrei 5: September 23


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Tishrei 6: September 24


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  • Take the Implicit Association Test to explore your own implicit bias. This is a tool developed by psychologists which has been administered millions of times over the last 20+ years.
     

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Tishrei 7: September 25


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Tishrei 8: September 26


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Tishrei 9: September 27 (Kol Nidre)


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Tishrei 10: September 28 (Yom Kippur)


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I want to credit the amazing project Justice in June by Autumn Gupta and Bryanna Wallace for the inspiration for this resource. If you are looking to expand your learning for a whole month, please check out their terrific tool.  

Sat, September 26 2020 8 Tishrei 5781