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The two days of Rosh Hashanah are the most important and consequential days of the year for each person individually and for the world collectively. The Zohar teaches that these two days and the connections that we make influence the next 363 days. The seeds for how many blessings, how much health, happiness, and fulfillment we will have in our lives is created on these two days. Making these connections properly with all of the kabbalistic tools, words, and meditations is very important on every Rosh Hashanah, but even more so this Rosh Hashanah. By coming together on Rosh Hashanah, every single one of us—with our actions and consciousness—is making a difference.
The 7th day of Sukkot is a cosmic opening known as Hoshanah Rabbah. All of the blessings written into the story of our life throughout Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot are sealed during these 24 hours. The Zohar teaches that the energy of Hoshanah Rabbah gives us the ability to hold on to our blessings for the 12 months to come. If anything of a negative nature made its way into our life’s script for the next year, Hoshanah Rabbah affords us one last opportunity to make a change, to shift our consciousness and block all judgments. By staying up all night—and participating in an ancient kabbalistic procedure involving the reading of our shadows by the light of the moon—we can bring an end to the forces of negativity in our lives. Join us for a powerful evening of connection and camaraderie as we channel the Light of Hoshanah Rabbah.
All of the spiritual work we do on the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot culminates in the celebration known as Simchat Torah. The Zohar explains that restriction already exists on Simchat Torah; therefore it is a festive day in which we can sit back and enjoy the Light. On Simchat Torah, we experience the revelation of all of the Light of the Torah, known as Surrounding Light. Surrounding Light is the union of past, present and future, and allows us to rise above the illusion of time to eliminate chaos from our lives. Surrounding Light is already with us, but it must be awakened to truly become a part of us. This is why, on Simchat Torah, we dance around with the Torah: The process of dancing makes the Light become part of us. And when we achieve unity with the Light, we reunite with our timeless, limitless—perfect—selves.