G'mar Hatima Tovah from the Ziegler School

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Rabbi Aaron Alexander

Co-Senior Rabbi
Adas Israel

Rabbi Aaron Alexander was formerly the Associate Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies for over ten years.  He also received his ordination from the Ziegler School, and served as a Lecturer in Rabbinic and Jewish Law.  His commentaries were written during his tenure with the Ziegler School.  He is currently serving as the co-head rabbi of Adas Israel in Washington D.C.

posted on October 3, 2014

Dear Friends, 

In just a few days we'll all stand together on Yom Kippur, physically distant from one another, but powerfully connected by the shared openness in our hearts - to deeply loving, intentionally living, and thoughtfully forgiving. Kol Yisra'el Aravin Zeh La-Zeh. All Jews - that were, that are, that will be - are inextricably bound together in service of God, Torah, and Israel. We feel much gratitude for being able to share in this journey together with you, imagining a present and future that is worthy of our rich past. 

So that we can prepare for these beautiful moments of prayer and introspection, here are a few recent additions to our digital reservoir that you may find helpful. Enjoy! 

1) Rabbi Brad Artson's latest Rosh Hashanah Sermons:  

The King is in the Field: What Israel Is For Us, What We Are For Israel  

http://www.zieglertorah.org/2014/09/29/israel-rabbi-brad-artson/  

Transitions: Approaching the Future  

http://www.zieglertorah.org/2014/09/29/transitions-rabbi-brad-artson/  

2) Rabbi Elliot Dorff's Short Yom Kippur Video:  

The Slow and Steady Process of Teshuvah  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywHzupUOwfM&list=UUK_ia3mLcQfLYiahr_Tu7BQ 

3) Reb Mimi Feigelson's latest podcast:  

Yom Kippur: Is It About What Was or What Could Have Been? 

http://www.zieglertorah.org/2014/09/30/yom-kippur-is-it-about-what-was-or-what-could-have-been-reb-mimi-feigelson/ 

4) Dr. Aryeh Cohen's latest teaching on repentance:  

Teshuvah Inside and Out: How We Change the World By Changing Ourselves  

http://podcast.occsp.org/wp/2014/09/21/csp-tshuvah-inside-and-out-how-we-change-the-world-through-changing-ourselves/ 

5) Rabbi Aaron Alexander's short halakhah lesson on the Yom Kippur Fast: When Too Much Piety Subverts Religious Values  

http://www.zieglertorah.org/2014/10/01/when-too-much-piety-is-dangerous-fasting-on-yom-kippur/

Of course, we continually update our Holy Day Resource Page, filled with multiple ways to help you prepare for Yom Kippur. You can find it here: http://www.zieglertorah.org/2013/08/22/high-holiday-resources-20135774/ 

G'mar Tov, 

Rabbi Aaron Alexander
Associate Dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies