Falling In Love All Over Again...

Jul 11, 2016 by

I want to begin this post by sharing with you that I have a deep and true love of Mishkan HaNefesh.  My congregation used the Reform...

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Lest Our Preparation for Praye...

Jul 7, 2016 by

Lists, as we know, play a key role in the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur liturgy.  Be it Avinu Malkeinu or Al Cheit, our High Holy Day...

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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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We All Have Rivers to Cross: L...

Jul 14, 2015 by

This piece is from a summer sermon series at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia, exploring Mishkan HaNefesh, the new Reform...

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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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