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.