Athletes warm up and stretch before a game, musicians tune their instruments before a concert, and actors rehearse before the big show. Rabbi Greg Litcofsky of Temple Emanu-El of West Essex, Livingston, is offering a "spiritual" warm-up before the High Holy Days. The public is invited to come discuss the meaning behind the Holidays, delve into the "secrets" of the Machzor (the Holiday prayer book), and prepare yourselves to enter into the holiday season feeling refreshed and renewed.

The first class, titled Forgiving and Seeking Forgiveness, will take place on Tuesday, August 13th from 7:30-9:00 pm. Why is it so hard? What do the High Holy Days and the Jewish tradition teach us about seeking and giving forgiveness? The second class, Signs, Symbols, Meaning, and Customs of the High Holy Days, will take place on Tuesday, August 20th from 12:00 -1:15 pm. We will explore the meaning of the Holidays themselves and how you can prepare for a more meaningful High Holiday season.

Each class is a stand-alone discussion; come to one or come to both. Teens are welcome. There is no fee for Temple Emanu-El members and a nominal fee for non-members. Refreshments will be served. Register via email by Wednesday, July 31st with your name and phone number to For more information contact Elainia Graham in the Temple Office 973-992-5560.