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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Do Not Adjust Your Machzor! It...

May 5, 2015 by

With Mishkan HaNefesh, the new Reform machzor, reaching the public for the first time, it is natural that some of the differences...

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Bringing Mishkan T’Filah...

Dec 11, 2014 by

About three years ago, when we started working on creating Mishkan T’Filah for Youth, I casually mentioned to my students that I was...

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Texas: Unexpected Moments of A...

Dec 1, 2014 by

It has happened to me (more than once in my lifetime) that a person will come and tell me something about what will happen next in my...

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“Rabbi, How Can I Pray if I Do...

Nov 5, 2014 by

Many of us find it difficult to think of the world as having any kind of metaphysical aspect to it at all. But if that’s the case,...

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