Living With the Fragility of Life

Living With the Fragility of Life

Sep 29, 2017 By Mychal Springer | Commentary | Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is one 25-hour day that is capable of entering and enriching every day of the year. On Yom Kippur, we peel back some of our denial and make space for the fragility of life. The rituals help us and the liturgy helps us. At the center of the High Holiday Amidah, the collection of prayers known as Tefillah (Prayer), stands U-netaneh Tokef. It begins, “Let us speak of the sacred power of this day—profound and awe-inspiring” (Mahzor Lev Shalem). The list of ways in which we can die included in the prayer certainly captures our attention, and can feel overwhelming.

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Justice and Ritual

Justice and Ritual

Sep 25, 2017 By Daniel Nevins | Short Video | Yom Kippur

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The Art of Fly Fishing and Teshuvah

The Art of Fly Fishing and Teshuvah

Oct 11, 2016 By Arnold M. Eisen | Commentary | Yom Kippur

I went fly fishing this summer with my son and a very patient instructor, and came away with three lessons directly relevant to the work of teshuvah.

First, fly fishing is hard, very hard, and if my skill at casting that day is any indication, it’s unlikely I will ever be very good at it.

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Is This the Fast I Desire?

Is This the Fast I Desire?

Oct 11, 2016 By Julia Andelman | Commentary | Yom Kippur

When I was a congregational rabbi, my practice was to offer a sermon on Yom Kippur morning relating to social justice. I would raise an issue of ethical concern in the world; share my reading of what Jewish texts and tradition had to say on the matter; and suggest actions for individuals and for the community.

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The Bluebird Inside Our Hearts

The Bluebird Inside Our Hearts

Oct 7, 2016 By Marcus Mordecai Schwartz | Commentary | Shabbat Shuvah | Yom Kippur

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see
you.

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Seeking Forgiveness for Structural Injustice

Seeking Forgiveness for Structural Injustice

Sep 26, 2016 By Stephanie Ruskay | Short Video | Rosh Hashanah | Yom Kippur

Forgiving and Asking Forgiveness: Sound Bytes for the High Holidays 5777

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Teshuvah in Two Directions

Teshuvah in Two Directions

Sep 26, 2016 By David C. Kraemer | Short Video | Rosh Hashanah | Yom Kippur

Forgiving and Asking Forgiveness: Sound Bytes for the High Holidays 5777

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A Heart of Compassion and Forgiveness

A Heart of Compassion and Forgiveness

Sep 26, 2016 By Eitan Fishbane | Short Video | Rosh Hashanah | Yom Kippur

Forgiving and Asking Forgiveness: Sound Bytes for the High Holidays 5777

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Return Us to You

Return Us to You

Sep 26, 2016 By Mychal Springer | Short Video | Rosh Hashanah | Yom Kippur

Forgiving and Asking Forgiveness: Sound Bytes for the High Holidays 5777

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Asking Forgiveness with Authenticity

Asking Forgiveness with Authenticity

Sep 26, 2016 By Paula Rose | Short Video | Rosh Hashanah | Yom Kippur

Forgiving and Asking Forgiveness: Sound Bytes for the High Holidays 5777

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Forgiving Ourselves

Forgiving Ourselves

Sep 26, 2016 By Anne Lapidus Lerner | Short Video | Rosh Hashanah | Yom Kippur

Forgiving and Asking Forgiveness: Sound Bytes for the High Holidays 5777

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Getting to ‘Sorry’

Getting to ‘Sorry’

Sep 26, 2016 By Shira D. Epstein | Short Video | Rosh Hashanah | Yom Kippur

Forgiving and Asking Forgiveness: Sound Bytes for the High Holidays 5777

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Soul Surgery

Soul Surgery

Aug 31, 2015 By Lauren Henderson | Short Video | Rosh Hashanah | Yom Kippur

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Naming Our Sins

Naming Our Sins

Aug 31, 2015 By Eliezer B. Diamond | Short Video | Yom Kippur

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We Do Matter

We Do Matter

Aug 31, 2015 By David Hoffman | Short Video | Rosh Hashanah | Yom Kippur

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From Judging To Learning

From Judging To Learning

Aug 31, 2015 By Rachel Bovitz | Short Video | Yom Kippur

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Why Is Yom Kippur Every Year?

Why Is Yom Kippur Every Year?

Aug 31, 2015 By Burton L. Visotzky | Short Video | Yom Kippur

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Conquering Our Anger

Conquering Our Anger

Aug 31, 2015 By Julia Andelman | Short Video | Rosh Hashanah | Yom Kippur

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God Wants Us Back

God Wants Us Back

Aug 31, 2015 By Joel Alter | Short Video | Rosh Hashanah | Yom Kippur

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Exercise Trackers And Mitzvah Motivators

Exercise Trackers And Mitzvah Motivators

Aug 31, 2015 By Judith Hauptman | Short Video | Rosh Hashanah | Yom Kippur

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