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If life is a space odyssey then the High Holidays are home base. That's where you came from, where you're directed from and where you return for full-service maintenance. Here's a guide to doing it on Planet Earth.

Tishrei in Ten

Tishrei in Ten

A High Holiday Guide for those in the Fast Lane

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1. What Are The High Holidays?
Coming in for Landing
Think of your year as a kind of space odyssey: You take off, fly around—and occasionally get lost... Sonner or later you gotta touch base
2. Elul
Reconnect
You're coming in for landing. Home base is sending out a clear, powerful signal. It's Elul, the last month of the Jewish year...
3. Rosh Hashanah
Re-entry
It's the day that the Grand Programmer of All Things sits back to consider whether this universe is really worth playing and then reboots the system...
4. The Ten Days
Return
"Repentance" implies that you were bad and now have to become good. Teshuvah means simply to return—to rediscover your true self and return to there...
5. Yom Kippur
Repair
Your spaceship has been landed and towed into the hangar for repair. But how do you fix a soul?
6. The Sukkah
Rehearse
An all-encompassing, embryonic, virtual world where whatever you do is a mitzvah...
7. The Four Kinds
Reunite
So now, get networked—with your Arba Minim ("Four Kinds") device
8. Shemini Atzeret
Rejoice & Refuel
G‑d is like a king who hosts a seven-day party. When everyone is about to leave, he holds back his closest friend and says, "Stay another day and we'll party with whatever is left."
9. Simchat Torah
Recycle
Go find a people that dances with a book...
10. Epilogue
Blastoff!
The High Holiday month is one long, grand high. But your mission begins now, as you blast off into the everyday, workaday world...
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