Nehirim Women’s Retreat – Workshop
Shanah v’shanah means year after year. The Hannah Narrative (1 Samuel chapters 1-2), is the haftarah for Rosh Hashanah and is thus read in the synagogue shanah v’shanah. The text tells us that Hannah goes shanah v’shanah to the temple in Shiloh, grieving for her empty life. One year she rises up from her grief; in the next years she goes annually to Shiloh to celebrate her little son, Samuel. We read closely what the text says about Hannah’s transformation (internal longing, deep desire, thunder from outside). We study Rabbi Nahman of Breslev regarding the roots of change, and how Rosh Hashanah (the New Year – coming soon!) is the season for revitalization. We apply his teaching to the Hannah Narrative with the goal of learning to uncover and act upon our longings for transformation.