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Sep 29, 2016 by

At this moment of writing I sit in my study at Temple Emanu-El, the early morning quiet contoured by impending rain clouds that...

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High Holy Day Self-Care: A Rab...

Sep 28, 2016 by

My ex-boyfriend used to joke: I love you every week of the year, except for the week between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Oh, and...

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How Netflix’s Stranger Things ...

Sep 27, 2016 by

The Un’taneh Tokef calls to mind the profound uncertainties with which we live each day, and the reality that life often unfolds in...

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One Is Silver and the Other’s ...

Sep 12, 2016 by

“Make new friends, and keep the old. One is silver and the other’s gold.” We all heard and likely sang that ditty as children. We...

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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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Inside Mishkan HaNefesh: A Let...

May 11, 2015 by

What follows is a hypothetical letter written after this coming Yom Kippur to myself. Dear Myself from Three Months Ago, As I munch...

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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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