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Writers

The Middle Section of the Amidah

The Amidah is the backbone of the Jewish liturgy. From the daily Shacharit (Morning Service) to the Shabbat Musaf (Additional Service) to the Days of Awe, the Amidah is recited in every service. Known as ha-tefillah – the Prayer by the ...

Posted on 11 December 2018, By Rabbi Daniella Kolodny
On the poetry of Yom Kippur

Opening the Machzor on the High Holidays is like returning to the company of an old friend. On each page we might recall past interactions and thoughts and then find ourselves challenged by new insights. On Erev Yom Kippur we recite the p...

Posted on 13 September 2018, By Rabbi Daniella Kolodny
Rabbi Akiva

How is Rabbi Akiva best known to us? Through the story in the Pesach Haggadah about the rabbis staying up all night studying the exodus from Egypt? Through Rabbi Akiva’s assertion that the Song of Songs is the holiest of the Writings? O...

Posted on 19 July 2018, By Rabbi Daniella Kolodny