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Rabbinical Assembly Rosh Hashanah Haggadah

Shanah Tovah, and welcome to Hit· adshut, a seder for Renewal of ourselves and the world. The 13th
century Spanish piyyut (liturgical poem) אָחָוֹת קְטַנהָ Ahot Ketanah carries the refrain תִכְלֶה שָׁנָה וְקְלְלוֹתֶיהָ
tikhleh shanah v’kil 'loteha—let the year and her curses end. For so many in the world, individuals and
communities, this past year has been a year of pain. We saw loved ones die, we saw communities cease to meet in person, and we saw the fabric of our lives drastically shift. All of us—ourselves, our families, our communities, our world—are in need of some hit· adshut, some renewal.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are holidays that we usually celebrate in their fullness in a synagogue
community. We often see the same people, hear the same melodies, and connect to the same texts. Yet this year, many of us find ourselves not going to synagogue and not having the same High Holy Day experience we were expecting. Our hope is to provide an at-home experience to bridge the gap between what we usually do at shul and what we usually do at home.

Our goal is to provide a user-friendly, interactive ritual for you to do at home with family and/or friends or over Zoom with a small group of others. Just like with the haggadah for the Pesah seder, we invite you to find the components of this ritual that speak to you and, of course, to go at your own pace. This Rosh Hashanah seder can be celebrated in the evening or during the daytime, and parts can be read using the Hebrew provided or entirely in English.

In preparation, we hope you’ll print this packet out for anyone participating. Additionally, in order to create a multi-sensory experience, there will be some symbols to have on your table: apples and honey, a new fruit (one you’ve never tasted or one that is new to you this year), a pomegranate, a bowl of water, round hallot, and a shofar. You’ll see the “Set Up” page just after the Table of Contents, which will give you a bit more information.

As you make your way through this seder, you will encounter some of the familiar texts and themes that are part of the Rosh Hashanah liturgy. We hope that you’ll engage with these texts and themes in ways that you may not in other years. We invite you to infuse the entire seder with your own ideas, questions, and discussion topics.

Ahot Ketanah ends its final verse not with its usual refrain, but with a different one: תָחֵל שָׁנָה וּבִרְכוֹתֶיהָ
ta el shanah u-virkhotehah—let the new year, and her blessings, begin. This year, we deeply need blessing. We ask that the Holy Blessed One rain down blessing upon us. We pray that this next year will be one of tremendous healing, renewal, and abundant blessing.

Shanah Tovah,

Rabbi Alex Braver
Rabbi Sarit Horwitz
Rabbi Sarah Krinsky
Rabbi Miriam Liebman
Rabbi Daniel Novick
Rabbi Alex Salzberg

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Sat, September 19 2020 1 Tishrei 5781