Behind the Scenes of CCAR Pres...

Dec 5, 2013 by

With Biennial approaching, it’s time we get to know each other a little bit better. Most of us know each other by name (from emails),...

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Wakefulness, Kindness, and Mis...

Oct 25, 2013 by

Once, when I was a teenager, my father slept-walked right out of our apartment. As soon as the door closed and locked behind him he...

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Mishkan T’filah for Chil...

Aug 2, 2013 by

This question has been raised by several people and it is a really good question.  When our committee sat down to work on the new...

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Machzor Blog: A Yom Kippur Fea...

Jul 8, 2013 by

On a Shabbat morning this past April, members of my congregation test-piloted the Yom Kippur Morning Service for Mishkan HaNefesh. ...

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Machzor Blog: Liturgy with a C...

Jul 1, 2013 by

Several years ago one of my congregants captured the essence of a discussion about a future Reform Machzor by saying, “I would like...

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Machzor Blog: Rosh HaShanah Mo...

Jun 21, 2013 by

The most traditional texts for the Torah reading on Rosh HaShanah morning are Genesis 21 and Genesis 22. In many congregations that...

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Machzor Blog: Thoughts on Tora...

Jun 19, 2013 by

Our congregation, Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York, has been worshipping with a draft copy of Mishkan HaNefesh for...

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Fish Forks and Beer Mugs: Choo...

Jun 5, 2013 by

The nature of the book has changed dramatically in recent years. From the old standard of signatures of paper, in multiples of 16,...

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