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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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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“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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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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Preparing Ourselves

Sep 15, 2017 by

In these times of turmoil we rabbis bring a sense of comfort and steadiness to the communities we serve.  In the storm tossed waters...

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It Will Have to Wait until Aft...

Sep 14, 2017 by

“It will have to wait until after the High Holy Days.” My children are used to that refrain.  From late August until early October,...

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