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Rosh Hashana Confrontation

Michael Walzer, one of America’s leading political philosophers, explains the difference between holidays and holydays in his book “Spheres of Justice”: Holidays, or vacations, are a modern innovation and are essentially individuali...

Posted on 17 September 2017, By Rabbi Joel Levy
Shabbat Shuvah

This week is Shabbat Shuvah, the special Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, a Shabbat of reflection and introspection. The word Shuvah means return, but also has the same root of the word in Hebrew for answer, Teshuvah. There a...

Posted on 17 September 2017, By Rabbi Mijael Even David

“Ya’aleh Tachnuneinu” is the piyyut (rabbinic liturgical exposition) chosen to introduce the Selichot sections on Yom Kippur Evening. Its particular poetical style utilizes a certain rhythmic meter that does not actually exte...

Posted on 12 September 2017, By Chazan Rebecca Blumenfeld