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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Going Beyond the Shanah Tovah ...

Sep 11, 2018 by

I miss Rosh Hashanah cards.  They used to begin arriving in my mail box about three weeks before Rosh Hashanah.  Sometimes I knew I...

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What Can I Say? Fostering Civi...

Sep 10, 2018 by

The Talmud teaches, “With words world are created…” As clergy, the High Holiday season fills us with awe and trembling because our...

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Creation: Fed up with Tohu

Sep 7, 2018 by

I am honored and excited to be the new editor at the CCAR Press. Under the leadership of Rabbi Hara Person, I will be listening to...

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A Less Lonely Path to Repentan...

Sep 5, 2018 by

The High Holy Day days can be a lonely experience. Though many of us gather in overflowing sanctuaries, together with family and...

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On the Same Page

Nov 8, 2017 by

How to get 6000+ people on the same page for a service? When we started Rosh Hashanah Under the Stars more than a decade ago, we...

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