Gratitude and Tears: Finding H...

Mar 19, 2020 by

These days, witnessing and receiving acts of kindness makes me cry. In this strange time of coronavirus, most of those tears come...

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Finding a Finkelstein: The Art...

Jul 23, 2019 by

Isadore Finkelstein z”l taught me how to pray. I was a youth. He was ancient and timeless. My very best Shabbat mornings in synagogue...

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Psalm 27: My ‘Go To’ Spiritual...

Jun 11, 2019 by

Author’s Note: This essay is dedicated to the memory of Angela Gold, z”l, whose neshama and harmonies blessed everyone she met. I...

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Blackboards in Pittsburgh

Dec 17, 2018 by

For two weeks before Shabbat Chanukah, four black boards with a question at the top and multi-colored chalk in the chalk trays were...

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A New Voice for Ancient Yearni...

Nov 16, 2018 by

As wildfires burned in California, hundreds of missiles rained down on Israel from Gaza. Fire on the ground and fire from the air,...

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“Gates” as an Endu...

Sep 6, 2018 by

At Neilah, the closing service at the end of Yom Kippur, we imagine ourselves standing at the gates of heaven, urgently pleading for...

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Modern Voice, Ancient Yearning

Jul 17, 2018 by

Contemporary liturgy is a response to the call of the siddur and the call of our hearts. The siddur carries the weight of history,...

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A Prayer of Gratitude from URJ...

Dec 14, 2017 by

Take a moment to be fully grateful for just one thing in your life. That little pause may be enough to change your outlook and your...

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