Theological Dialectics: Balanc...

Jun 20, 2016 by

Creating a new prayer book requires managing competing priorities. Should translations reflect the literal meaning of the Hebrew, or...

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Bringing In Mishkan HaNefesh

Mar 9, 2016 by

Two years ago, Temple Beth Sholom had a fire that forced us to rebuild. Along with the destruction of our building, our prayer books,...

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Taking Mishkan HaNefesh Off th...

Nov 3, 2015 by

As we prepared to lead Yizkor from Mishkan HaNefesh we were challenged with how to make a large space feel intimate.  Our High...

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What Should a Prayer Book Look...

Aug 21, 2015 by

I grew up using a Holy Day prayer book called The Union Prayer Book II, Revised Edition. It was small, black, and either dull or...

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HaBocheir B’shirei Zimra: The ...

Jul 13, 2015 by

We cantors had this crazy idea – well, I had this crazy idea: a new machzor deserved new music.  The process of creating a new...

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Sing Unto Adonai A New Song

Jun 25, 2015 by

Shiru l’Adonai Shir Chadash­–Sing unto Adonai a new song. As worship leaders and worshipers, how many times have we heard this charge...

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The Book With No Music

Jun 18, 2015 by

In September of 2014 a children’s book was published called “The Book with No Pictures.” At first glance, the book probably should...

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Opening the Sacred Envelope: T...

Jun 16, 2015 by

Some weeks ago I was sitting in a synagogue in the Upper East Side of New York on a beautiful May morning, listening to the beautiful...

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