Jewish Organization Marks Yom Kippur With Billboards
San Francisco’s Jewish Community Federation is marking the solemn, high holiday of Yom Kippur with billboards. The “Ten-Q” project uses truck-mounted signs with questions like, “what is a fear you have, and how has it limited you??
Going Digital for Repentance
Robin Chotzinoff reflects in the August/September 2010 issue of Hadassah Magazine about how she observed the Aseret Yemei Teshuvah (the ten days of repentance) last year by answering a series of e-mail questions from 10Q. Ben Greeman, who launched the project in 2008 explains that “we tried to let people tap back into tradition, but without feeling like they have to pass an entrance exam.”
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Big screens, big questions
A religious holiday brings reflection to the Strip
The kind of self-reflection usually happening at Fashion Show Mall involves gazing into plate glass windows, fixing hair and adjusting clothes. It’s a commercial space, not a place for contemplation — with wraparound storefronts, mobile kiosks and an endless loop of commercials on the giant screens overhead.
But for 10 days in September, an experiment is bringing spiritual questions to the four video screens above the outdoor concourse.
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Co-creator, Ben Greenman talks about 10Q.
One way Jews mark the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement is with soul-searching. Jews traditionally ask themselves how they have lived in the year gone by and how they might do better in the one to come.
For the second year, Reboot, a Jewish group out to rev up culture, rituals and traditions for contemporary believers, has its 10Q project underway. 10Q takes Rosh Hashanah imperative of questioning oneself to the world with electronic billboards in Times Square and other places and a web site where people are invited to ask and offer answers that reflect on “values, hopes and visions.”
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“Harry Potter’s” Draco Malfoy is doing it. So is “Glee’s” Sue Sylvester.
The creators of the 10Q project are hoping tens of thousands of other followers will join actors Tom Felton and Jane Lynch in “digitally rebooting” the Jewish High Holy Days.
Tonight at sundown, the 10 Days of Awe begin with Rosh Hashana, also known as the Jewish new year, and wrap up Sept. 18 with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
Although it’s one of the most important Jewish religious observances, not all of the faithful participate in the spiritual custom of attending synagogue or gathering with friends.
That’s where the 10Q project comes in. A nonprofit, New York-based group created a website, www.doyou10Q.com, asking participants questions designed to make them think about things they celebrate, regret and hope to change.
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Launched before Rosh Hashanah this year, www.renewyear.com brought the idea of aseret ye’mei ha-teshuva—the ten days of return—to the web. In the Jewish calendar, these ten days beginning with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur have been dedicated to making amends between both God and humanity. The liturgical additions arouse repentance and rabbinic writings encourage each individual to take the time to do a heshbon ha-nefesh (accounting of the soul). For a modern spin, the website’s “10Q” provides a different question each day for this introspection and self-reflection. (I won’t give them away here as the organizers have done a wonderful job to entice people to visit the site. Go ahead—check out www.renewyear.com). It is the traditional model of the ten days, but in a digital form. Through the website, your answers to the guiding questions are saved and will be sent to you shortly before Rosh Hashanah 5771 so you can see how the year went. The site is renewing an old custom for the digital age and making a tradition relevant to modern Jews who spend much of their time focused on LCD screens.
This week’s commentary was written by Rabbi Marc Wolf, Vice Chancellor and Chief Development Officer, JTS — Read the rest here