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High Holidays

Whether a person is religious or not, Rosh Hashanah is a useful day to take stock. Though every moment is a moment that stands between the past and the future, there are some moments when we become aware of that: a birthday, a graduation. A new year. At such moments, we feel more acutely the opportunity - or even the mandate - to consider: where have I come from, and where am I going? How have I been living, and how do I want to live?

For those who choose to honor such a moment within a religious framework, Rosh Hashanah is spent with rituals, prayers, and Torah readings that attempt to wake us up to the reality that this moment can be used as a pivot toward living a better life, to be a better friend, better citizen, or better human. The shofar serves as a wake-up call. The ritual foods and traditional greetings all serve to reinforce this.

And for those who are not comfortable within a religious framework, Rosh Hashanah can still be an impacting, enjoyable, and resonant occasion. Like New Year’s Eve, it is a moment of ending and beginning, of retrospection and introspection, of celebration with a tinge of solemnity.

At MIT Hillel, we honor both of these approaches to Rosh Hashanah.

  • Meals provided through MIT Dining, all located in W11 except for first night Rosh Hashanah Dinner. First Night Rosh Hashanah Dinner SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2          7:00pm W20-202 Sala De Puerto Rico FREE...
  • Hillel has services led in a variety of denominations for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Services are open to everyone, we request non-students please support our year round activites with a...
  • Just like your computer sometimes needs a hard reboot, so do you! Take some time to reflect on the past year as we think about and discuss some Big Questions (previous year's questions included Who...
  • What are some ways to do Rosh Hashanah if you cannot make services or meals? Check out some ideas here!  Services aren't your thing? You can still sign up for meals or come to Ctrl-Alt-Del Want to...
  • Party like it's 5777! Mingle before we head in to a Free Rosh Hashanah dinner. Sunday, October 2 @ 7pm W20 Sala de Puerto Rico Attire: Anything from Jeans to Black Tie Optional

MIT Hillel

Phone: 617-253-2982
Email: hillel@mit.edu

MIT Hillel
Muriel and Norman B. Leventhal
Center for Jewish Life

40 Massachusetts Ave, Building W11
Cambridge, MA 02139

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