Mishkan HaLev: Transported Bey...

Jun 28, 2017 by

A prayerbook is a repository of rituals and ceremonies; its language is often formulaic and sometimes feels abstract. Yet the rituals...

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Heroic Prayer: Climbing out of...

Apr 27, 2017 by

“Why pray? And what is prayer, to you?” Rabbi Don Goor asked me as I sat in front of the crowd at HUC-JIR in Jerusalem last week. It...

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The Story Behind “Come, Rain” ...

Feb 21, 2017 by

“Come, Rain” is not only a prayer for rain, it’s a metaphor for the blessings of love. Love waters our lives, our hopes, and our...

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A Blessing for Inauguration Sh...

Jan 19, 2017 by

As we enter this Shabbat and are on the cusp of new political leadership we pray for a unifying vision based on the Declaration of...

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Mishkan HaLev: Trying the New ...

Dec 16, 2016 by

I am sitting in the Metropolitan Opera House waiting for my favorite moment.  Those majestic crystal chandeliers start rising high...

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Prayer Revisited

Aug 26, 2016 by

For years, I led people in prayer. It was always clear to me that prayer operates on three levels—personal, communal, and universal....

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How Do You Read This?: The Art...

Aug 13, 2015 by

One of the things I remember most distinctly from Freshman English in college was the question, “How do we read this?” Most often, it...

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The Art in the Mishkan: Joel S...

May 6, 2015 by

One of the goals of the editorial team in creating Mishkan HaNefesh was to allow for many different doorways into the High Holy Day...

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