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  Week of Self-Care and Forgiveness

Dear Friend, 

What urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?       
David Whyte

The second week of Elul, the moon growing into her silvery fullness, may bring us a sense of urgency to dive in more deeply. Resisting my addiction to perfection or trying to do Elul "right," I have labeled this week: Week of Self-Care and Forgiveness.
But banish the thought that this means taking the easy route! Rather than indulgence, it means training oneself to stay awake for the ego's tricks of keeping us feeling ashamed or bad about ourselves. That is never Spirit's purpose!
Much harder to stay in self-love, caring for ourselves as if we were our own only child. Much more difficult to stay in unbroken rapport with a loving, forgiving God who brought us into being in order that we might serve what the Hassidic masters called tzorech gavoha, a higher need, the life and health of Her creation.
Ask yourself:

  • What tricks does my ego play on me to keep me from my truth, my power, and my fullness of being?
  • How would I be different if I allowed myself to believe that God personally loves and forgives me at this very moment?
  • What urgency calls me to my one love, to my clear and singular passion?
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Get familiar with the music of our High Holiday services.
Click to listen to one of the chants we will be using:

Melech Rachaman (by Neshama Carlebach) 

Melech Rachaman, Rachem Aleynu x2

Source of Mercy, we open our hearts to you x2

Shuvah Aleynu b'Hamon Rachamecha x2 

Please Join Metivta for
Rosh Hashanah Services
September 29 — October 1, 2019

Yom Kippur Services October 8 — 9

Location: Santa Monica Synagogue, Santa Monica, CA
Services led by Rabbi Tirzah Firestone,
Cantor Marc Bachrach
and prayer leader, Evelyn Baran
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Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, PhD, is an author, Jungian therapist, and the founding rabbi of Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado. She was ordained by Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi in 1992 and is a leader in the international Jewish Renewal Movement. She served as Co-Chair of Rabbis for Human Rights, North America (now known as T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.) Widely known for her work on Jewish feminism and the modern applications of Jewish mystical wisdom, Firestone teaches nationally on Jewish ancestral healing and the common boundary between ancient Jewish spirituality and modern psychology. Her most recent book is "Wounds Into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma."  For more about Rabbi Firestone, go to

Click and scroll down for a letter from Rabbi Tirzah

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