The Rhythms of the Jewish Calendar and the Secret of Jewish Time

September 7, 2018 | Meir Soloveichik
About the author: Meir Soloveichik is the rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel in New York and director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University.

The Jewish year and its cycle of Sabbaths and holidays, which begin with Rosh Hashanah this Sunday evening, express a unique perspective on time itself, explains Meir Soloveichik in the first of his series of lectures on the Jewish calendar. To Soloveichik, the rhythms of the Jewish year serve to connect past and future generations just as they connect Jews living thousands of miles apart, and reflect an understanding of time as something that is itself elastic. (Video, 24 minutes. Rabbi Soloveichik’s lecture on Rosh Hashanah, the second in the series, is available here.)

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