Why Is the Shofar Service in T...

May 8, 2015 by

With Mishkan HaNefesh now close to being published, the decision regarding the Shofar sections made by the editors many years ago,...

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Mishkan HaNefesh: A Gateway to...

May 1, 2015 by

Last week at Temple Israel in New York City, we received a very special, exciting package in the mail.  We opened the box—and there...

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Lost in the Pews: An Ode to th...

Sep 9, 2013 by

Three years ago, I left my congregation to join the URJ.  I proudly professed to my spouse that I did not believe I would miss much,...

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What Ought My Future Hold? Ref...

Aug 30, 2013 by

Think ought. Not what is a Jew, but what ought a Jew to be. Not what is a synagogue, but what ought a synagogue to be. Not what...

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High Holy Day Inspiration from...

Aug 9, 2013 by

As we enter the month of Elul, we are aware that Tishrei is almost upon us. Sitting in front of our computers, we might think to...

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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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