The Yamim Noraim, or Days of Awe, are important times for connection and reflection in the Jewish community. Amid the sweetness and celebration of Rosh Hashana, rituals like Yizkor and hearing the sound of the shofar open up access to emotions that adults often feel compelled to bottle up.

Sinai and Synapses Fellowship alumna Rabbi Arielle Hanien, who is also in private practice at the Lifespan Psychological Center, affiliated with UCLA, is an expert on psychological healing in the Jewish tradition. In the videos below, she talks about the neuroscientific basis of the healing that occurs through rituals such as these.

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She also talks about the melancholic aspects of Rosh Hashana, and how they leave us stronger and more resilient:

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