#30DaysOfLearning

Every morning at 8 am, you'll get that fabulous email with all kinds of insights from guest darshans, program highlights, and activities in our family corner. 

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Day 1 of #30Days:

Rabbi Jill Levy, Director, Ramah Day Camp of Greater DC and new OKC member, introduces our series by discussing the ways we can take advantage of Elul as a time to reflect and grow. Get even more excellent content and see the whole email.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 1 BONUS VIDEO:

Time to bring out a few of our favorite OKC shofar blowers for a salute to the season.

 

Day 2 of #30Days:

Today our very own Ravlaf, Rabbi Lyle Fishman, introduces us to the Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Torah portions and the lessons of parenting together, even when parenting is at its hardest. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Day 3 of #30Days:

Rabbi Lyle Fishman turns the page to the haftarah portion for the first day of Rosh Hashanah and explores the challenges of grief and healing power of tears. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 of #30Days:

CESJDS Upper School teacher, Rachel Bergstein, takes a look at material culture through HiHo images from the past and explores what the things we own today might be seen by the historians of the future. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.  

Stay tuned for tomorrow's newsletter at 8 am!

Day 5 of #30Days:

Guiness World Record Holder for the Largest Collection of Graph Paper (really!) and OKC Member Rachel Braun wrestles with the blessing “Yotzeir Or” and how to bring light into a time that feels so full of darkness. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.  

 

Day 6 of #30Days:

OKC Past President Chuck Fax discusses why the Avodah service--you know, the part about the animal sacrifices--is his fave. Be prepared to get a little choked up, because it comes with a good dose of nostalgia, too. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.  

Day 7 of #30Days:

Week one, done! We hope you’ve enjoyed learning along with us for the first week. Share your comments and feedback by replying to this email or sending a quick message to 

okc30DaysOfLearning@gmail.com.

 

Now, for today’s learning: Barbara Libbin, Immediate Past President and ultimate Disney fan, is rolling up with an important message about physical and spiritual fuel, and how we sometimes need to make better choices for our bodies and our long-term health. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.  

Day 8 of #30Days:

OKC's Cantor Labovitz gives meaning and purpose to our most frequently said meditation during the High Holidays, Psalm 27. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.  

Day 9 of #30Days:

We’re back with Rabbi Fishman to learn about the Torah portion for the second day of Rosh Hashanah, and the memorable story of the binding of Isaac. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.  

 

Day 10 of #30Days:

Sticking with Rabbi Fishman, we’ll talk about the haftarah portion that goes along with the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah and the complicated relationships between parents and children. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.  

Day 11 of #30Days:

Rabbi Abbi Sharofsky, OKCer and Director of Intergroup Relations at the Jewish Community Relations Council, reads us a wonderful story and talks about how the holidays can inspire anti-racism activism. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.  

Day 12 of #30Days:

OKCer Josh Wilkenfeld dives into what makes the Rosh Hashanah Musaf service different from all other Musaf services, and the ability each of us has to rewrite our personal histories with self-compassion. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.  

Day 13 of #30Days:

OKC Board Member, Adina Alpert, mixes up a potent cocktail of learning, creativity, and deliciousness in this video about symbolic holiday foods. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.  

Day 14 of #30Days:

OKC’s Cantor Labovitz gives new meaning to one of our most known piyutim, Avinu Malkeinu, and the importance of punctuation. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.  

Day 15 of #30Days:

Today, Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School's new Head of School, Dr. Deborah Skolnick Einhorn, explains why this season can seem so exhausting, and why Sukkot is z'man simchateinu, the time of our joy. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.  

Day 16 of #30Days:

Ravlaf (AKA Rabbi Fishman) is back for another double portion. We’ll review the Torah reading for the morning of Yom Kippur, complete with step- by-step directions on purifying the sanctuary. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.  

Day 17 of #30Days:

Part 2 of this week's double Ravlaf portion, the Yom Kippur AM Haftarah. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.  

Day 18 of #30Days:

Gardener Sandy Walter explores the holiday fruits of Rosh Hashanah from the perspective of her green thumb. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.  

Day 19 of #30Days:

Rabbi Mitch Malkus, Head of School at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, joins our #30Days line up to talk about how individual actions can contribute to societal change. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.  

 

Day 20 of #30Days:

OKC member and volunteer extraordinaire, Dana Pelzman, teaches us how to cast away the things in our home that don't bring us joy. Tashlich never felt so good! Get even more creative content and read the whole email and check out the resource from Dana.

Day 21 of #30Days:

So much of our holidays are about us, but OKC teacher and member Richard Friedman explains what makes Rosh Hashanah different, and how it should motivate us to be better global citizens. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.

Day 22 of #30Days:

OKCer Bea Gurwitz melts the heart with her intergenerational challah braiding lesson. Items to bring: challah dough and a box of tissues. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.

Day 23 of #30Days:

Like manna from heaven, our 30 days of learning has been a gift. Rabbi Fishman's insights on the Yom Kippur afternoon Torah service and sexual relations is part one of our final rabbinic double portion. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.

 

Day 24 of #30Days:

Time flies when you study Torah! Enjoy our last double portion with Rabbi Fishman featuring the Yom Kippur afternoon Haftarah reading. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.

Day 25 of #30Days:

Seasoned educator and Jewish professional Gary Simms explores one of the most difficult prayers of our Yom Kippur service, Unetaneh Tokef. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.

Day 26 of #30Days:

OKCer Marty Goldman answers that ancient question... "What's a Shemini Atzeret?" Finally, some answers! Get even more creative content and read the whole email.

Day 27 of #30Days:

There’s only three days left of our #30Days journey, but don’t feel down. We’ve got two videos scheduled for today!

 

First up, Milton 6th grader Yarden Wilkenfeld was inspired to make her own video for our #30Days and send it in. Enjoy the content, creativity, and special effects (yes!) as Yarden explains the halachot of building a kosher sukkah. 

 

Then, Sandy Walter returns for the Sukkot edition of the high holiday gardening series by nurturing our personal growth with her green thumbs. Watch all the way to the end for a special Sukkah surprise! Get even more creative content and read the whole email.

Day 28 of #30Days:

Worried about the election? Richard Friedman reminds us of the most important leader of all… God! Get even more creative content and read the whole email.

Day 29 of #30Days:

OKC Member Rabbi Risa Weinstein reminds us that the shofar is more than just a wake up call. It's a voice when we can't articulate our feelings. Get even more creative content and read the whole email.

Day 30 of #30Days:

We know, we can’t believe it either. The crew of #30Days has really enjoyed getting ready for the chagim together with you, our beloved OKC community. Your thoughtful comments, inspiring videos, open vulnerability, and deep dive into some wonderful learning have made this season shine.

 

Today’s learning is a pretty special one. Today, Cantor Labovitz gives an up close and personal tour of our gorgeous white holiday Torah covers. What a sweet way to enter into the year.

 

Get even more creative content and read our farewell email.

And… that’s a wrap! From all of us at #30DayOfLearning, the Ohr Kodesh High Holiday Task Force, and the OKC board and staff, we wish you and your family shana tova u’metukah!