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Kol Nidrei: Tensions and Paradoxes of Yom Kippur

“All vows, obligations, oaths, and anathemas, whether called ‘ḳonam,’ ‘ḳonas,’ or by any other name, which we may vow, or swear, or pledge, or whereby we may be bound, from this Day of Atonement until the next (whose happy coming … Continue reading

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Praying With Their Feet

Tomorrow, and really all of this weekend, we remember the inspiring legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his role in not only the civil rights movement in America, but for his contributions to humanity, and his leadership to … Continue reading

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Abraham and the Amidah

Parashat Lekh Lekha In the opening words of this week’s Torah portion, G-d speaks to Abraham, saying: Lekh Lekha – Get yourself out of your land … and go to the place I will show you (Genesis 12:1). At the … Continue reading

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Yom HaShoah: A Fresh Look at Ein Keloheinu

Yom HaShoah Today is Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day. As I’ve mentioned before, my grandfather was a member of the U.S. armed forces that liberated Germany. Actually, he was both a liberator and a survivor, having escaped Germany as a … Continue reading

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Hitbodedut: Praying in Solitude

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, a great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov, and founder of Breslover Chassidus, breathed new life into Judaism by combining the mystical elements of Chassidus with in-depth Torah scholarship. In addition to regular davening from the Siddur, Rebbe Nachman … Continue reading

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Rethinking Jewish Prayer, Part III

Practical Suggestions A few days ago, in the first post, we discussed our re-engagement with Jewish prayer, describing how we are not just reciting meaningless words, or remembering something that happened in the past. Rather, Jewish prayer is a re-enactment of … Continue reading

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Rethinking Jewish Prayer, Part II

Yesterday we began discussing our re-engagement with Jewish prayer. As the High Holidays quickly approach, it is important to think deeper about prayer. We are not just reciting meaningless words, or remembering something that happened in the past. Jewish prayer … Continue reading

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Rethinking Jewish Prayer

*A Repost from 2010 What do you think about ‘prayer’? Do you envision prayer as participation in a Sacred Drama? Do you think of the Siddur as an instrument of holiness? As the High Holidays approach, it is appropriate to … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

Jewish Prayer and Yeshua “We make the radical and scandalous claim that Yeshua constitutes the true center of Jewish life, just as Israel constitutes the true center of Yeshua’s ekklesia. The One who goes unmentioned in the Siddur is present on every … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Japan

The situation in Japan only seems to be getting worse. The eathquakes and tsunami last week devastated the country, leaving thousands dead and many, many more wounded and trapped. Now we also have the possible threat of a nuclear disaster … Continue reading

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