The Mitzvah of Choosing Life d...

Jul 14, 2020 by

In the Book of Deuteronomy, chapter 22, we are taught: “When you build a new house you shall make a parapet (a guardrail) for your...

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Beyond the Service: Five (More...

Jul 9, 2020 by

A few years ago, in the midst of chemotherapy treatments, I could not attend High Holy Day services at my synagogue. My family...

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Our Avodah (Work) during the C...

Jun 15, 2020 by

The CCAR Committee for Worship and Practice had dedicated its work for 2019–2020 to the question: What are the spiritual...

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Reckoning with the Sins of Sla...

Oct 4, 2019 by

I was pleased to see that the Central Conference of American Rabbis led a rabbinic mission to Montgomery, Alabama. A little more than...

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Deeds, Not Fasting

Oct 2, 2019 by

In Talmudic times of trouble, tractate Taanit tells how the Jewish community needs to move forward: The elder among them says words...

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Who Shall Live and Who Shall D...

Sep 27, 2019 by

Who shall live and who shall die… Who shall perish by water and who by fire… The Unetaneh Tokef – Rosh Hashanah’s central prayer – is...

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What We Do Matters and it is G...

Sep 20, 2019 by

“The High Holy Days are upon us.  The High Holy Days are upon us!”  Shouts Paul Revere –stein.  ...

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Written in “Just Five Minutes”...

Sep 18, 2019 by

A reflection by Rabbi Barry H. Block on working through Opening Your Heart with Psalm 27: A Spiritual Practice for the Jewish New...

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