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Kol Nidrei 5775 – Ancestry and Les Temps Perdu

I blame Proust. It was Marcel Proust who made such a great case for the romantic appeal of memory. Proust’s greatest memory is of little biscuits dunked in tea. Ah – on a fast day, remembering food – I hope you arenR...

Posted on 3 October 2014, By Rabbi Jeremy Gordon
Toward Yom Kippur 5

There is a profound difference between a Day of Judgement and a day of punishment. I have never believed literally that God examines our deeds and allots us our portion in clear and just accord with what we have done. I find it cruel and ...

Posted on 3 October 2014, By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
Towards Yom Kippur 4

It’s hard to apologise and it’s difficult to let go of hurts. Maybe that is why the Shulchan Aruch rules (Orach Chaim 606) that ‘on the eve of Yom Kippur we must make peace with one another’, reminding us that ‘Concerning sins...

Posted on 2 October 2014, By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg