Monthly Archives: September 2009

Sukkot: The Whole World in God's Tabernacle

If you are unfamiliar with Sukkot (Tabernacles), I have at the bottom of this post a quick primer on the holiday. If you don

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SUKKOT: Qohelet (Ecclesiastes)

In my “spare” time, which has been much diminished lately, I have been working on a Sukkot Haggadah. I will be releasing it later this week as a free PDF download. Just as was the case for my Shavuot Haggadah, … Continue reading

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A Yom Kippur Statement

The road to the New Jerusalem lies before us, always long and difficult, but with such a sought-after destination at the end. No amount of striving and desire could ever be too much for such a destination. No amount of … Continue reading

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CLASSIC REPRINT: Reflections on a Yom Kippur Noob Experience

I posted this reflection for last year’s Yom Kippur (2008). I think it is one of my best stories. ………………………… I have been on the path of Judaism for about seven years. Before that, I was learning about Judaism, but … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur: A Prayer Banned by the Nazis in 1935

In his Yom Kippur Anthology, Philip Goodman comments on the following prayer: In 1935, when anti-Semitism was clearly evident throughout Germany, Rabbi Leo Baeck (1873 – 1956), who was president of the representative organization of German Jewry, wrote a prayer … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Signs and Sabbath

In Mark 2:23 – 3:6, what is the meaning of Yeshua comparing his situation to David? Why did Yeshua deliberately seek out the Sabbath as a time to heal? We began last episode to examine the symbolic meaning of Yeshua

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Yom Kippur: Assurance of Forgiveness

The first time I saw men beating their chests and prostrating themselves on Yom Kippur, I was scandalized. At the time I was in a Christian setting and I was used to an entirely different attitude towards sin and forgiveness. … Continue reading

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The Neglected Haftarah: A Resource Review

If you don

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Yom Kippur: Philo on the Sabbath of Sabbaths

Philo lived in the days of the New Testament (20 B.C.E. to 50 C.E.) in the city of Alexandria, Egypt. Alexandria had a huge Jewish population, about half of the city, and was also one of the largest cities in … Continue reading

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The Tashlikh We'll Never Forget

It was a dark and stormy Rosh HaShanah. On the second day, we tried to get a few families together for tashlikh, the ceremony of casting bread crumbs representing sins into a river or similar body of water accompanied by … Continue reading

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