Call to Gather for the High Holy Days (Days of Awe)  

This is the season of repair.
A time to reflect
on how we might endure
when life tears at us.

An apple, two pomegranates, and a small jar of honey with a label printed in Hebrew.

We are held by the great Book of Life,
in which it is written that we will inevitably
face deprivation and discomfort.
Longing and forgiveness.
Each among us must contemplate our own place in it all.

As those of us in relationship with Judaism
mark the High Holy Days,
our hearts fill with
hope and fear,
turning and settling,
mystery and agency,
accountability and acceptance.

Let us gather today in somber celebration
of our shared humanity and
our personal power.

Come, let us worship together!

About the Author

Leah Ongiri

Rev. Leah Ongiri (previously Hart-Landsberg) is the associate minister at the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she has served since 2012. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she grew up in a Jewish and Unitarian Universalist family. She has been a child,...

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