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Defining holiness: Rosh Hashanah 5777

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Defining holiness: Rosh Hashanah 5777

I’ve been wondering what holiness looks like. We use the word holy often in synagogue. Such as: this is a holy community, or a kehillah kedoshah. We say that God is holy and we seek to emulate God.  And this period of time we have just begun this evening is known as the High HOLY days.

And yet, we can’t see holiness. There is no postcard, or snapchat of what holiness looks like. But tonight, we begin this annual journey of holy time. The days of awe, yamim nor’aim. But what will this journey look like? How does one find holiness? How does one be holy? Dare I ask, how does one teach holiness? Are we seeking something much too elusive to find?

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