Lab/Shul is proud to present the High Holiday Season 5774.
This season, we’ll be back at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center with a great ritual team featuring Amicha Lau-Lavie, Shira Kline, Jeremy Brown, Brian Carter, Featured Artist Neshama Carlebach, artists from Storahtelling, Mavens, guests and more.
We hope you can join us for worship and other gatherings during the High Holiday season.
WHAT’S THE REASON FOR THE SEASON?
The High Holidays begin each new Jewish year, but they are situated within a larger framework of sacred time: an annual opportunity for the process of personal reflection and communal commitment to renewal. The full High Holiday season begins with the fast of the 9th of Av (Tisha B’Av) on which the demise of the Temple is marked, and ends 60 days later with Simchat Torah, the day on which we celebrate the building of new structures and the infinite cycle of life and learning. As Lab/Shul begins its first step, we will delve into these rituals, narratives, themes and symbols, focusing on our individual process of renewal and our collective commitment to the building of a new shrine and sacred congregation.
SINCE WHEN ARE THE HIGH HOLIDAYS A SEASON?
I was inspired to think of the High Holidays as a 60 day process of personal transformation by the late Alan Lew, rabbi, poet and mystical teacher. He articulates this practices in his last book, This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared:
“This dance that begins on Tisha b’Av and ends on Sukkot…stands for the journey the soul is always on. It is a map, drawn by the soul, of the journey it must take, the journey it is already taking.
The journey I will describe in these pages is one of self-discovery, spiritual discpline, self-forgiveness, and spiritual evolution. It is the snapshot the Jewish people pull out every autumn of the journey all human beings must make across this world: the journey from Tisha b’Av to Sukkot, from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, from birth to death and back to renewal again. Seeing yourself in this snapshot will help you chart the course of your own spiritual evolution. Every soul needs to express itself. Every heart needs to crack itself open. Every one of us needs to move from anger to healing, from denial to consciousness, from boredom to renewal. These needs did not arise yesterday. They are among the most ancient of human yearnings, and they are fully expressed in the pageantry and ritual of the Days of Awe, in the great journey we make between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur….
It became clear that this was a process that never ended, that rather it stretched out to the infinite horizon… The business of transformation was going on all the time. It never stopped. The two-month period in question was merely a time when we focused on it, when we gave form to something invisible that lay dormant yet was possible to awaken at every moment of our lives.”