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Pre-High Holiday Message - Parashat Nitzavim

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Shalom Shaarei Kodesh, Jack Benny once told a famous joke:  A man stops a another man on the streets of Manhattan and asks him, "Do you know how to get to Carnegie Hall?"  The man answers, "Practice, practice, practice."  A few of the goals of the high holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, are to transcend to new heights; and to think about our lives and how we can improve our spiritual selves, our families, our friends, our community, and the world through tesuvah, repentance.  Sounds easy right?  Many of us come to shul expecting to be moved, but movement takes preparation and practice.  I would like to help us all by providing some opportunities for preparation for our high holidays: This Shabbat - we are going to delve into the liturgy and study one of the most famous prayers in the Mahzor, the Unetaneh Tokef.  We are going to look at the prayer as poem, and delve into the prayer with some commentaries, and of course, comments and discussion. In order to prep…