ellen_kushner (ellen_kushner) wrote,
ellen_kushner
ellen_kushner

Thank you and L'Shanah Tovah!

My deep and sincere thanks to everyone who entered the TPOTS Cover Contest.  Because I am observing - in my way - the Jewish High Holiday of Rosh Hashanah, I will not be announcing the winners til Wednesday.  For now, let me just say that I am humbled and delighted and full of squeee at all the splendid covers you cooked up!

Meanwhile, if you're interested in Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur - and the ten days of mindfulness, turning and returning that fall between them - I can offer the following:

The Door is Open:  a Jewish High Holiday Meditation on Friendship, Family and Forgiveness
: a one-hour public radio special of words and music that I created some years ago, which I think still stands of some of the best work I've ever done in any medium - and which really encompasses my deepest thoughts, feelings & knowledge of the holiday.

A few years later, I had the opportunity to elaborate on the transitions of Yom Kippur, with a program entirely on the book of Jonah, which is read each year aloud during that fast.

The shul I attend, Romemu (on Manhattan's Upper West Side) is part of the Jewish Renewal Movement, led by Rabbi David Ingber.  We went for the first time last year for Kol Nidre & Yom Kippur - a profound & intense 24 hours!  I found myself thinking over the year about the rabbi's talk on love - and depression - and was delighted to find it on their website here.  It's preceded by some of the lovely music the draws me back to their services; I particularly recommend Track 4, Ahavah (Love), followed by the talk/sermon, "Let Love Win."  

In it, Ingber also reads a poem by Mary Oliver, "Wild Geese."  It's yours, now.

I'm also trying to get you a copy of Debbie Notkin's GoH speech at Wiscon this year, which makes a perfect Talmudic sidebar to that.  It's about having the grace to accept and ask for help when you need it.

Wishing a sweet and healthy and happy year to you and yours.

If I have done anything to offend you, or to hurt you, this year, I hope you will now forgive me, so that we can both start the new year clean and truly new.

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