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We Acquitted Ourselves Nobly: High Holidays 5781
Sep 25, 2020
- Original Recording (12.12.12) - youtu.be/ZHp-jcPlKIY
- Lab/Shul (10.04.14) - vimeo.com/108112554
- Parliament of the World's Religions (10.25.15) - youtu.be/WV0uJRg24qU
- Isabella Friedman (11.1.15) - facebook.com/725183760/videos/10154319446848761/
- Epic Performance (11.12.17) - youtube.com/watch?v=bfu12qKYwTg
- Adas Israel Tree of Life Shooting Vigil (10.29.18) - youtu.be/zRZbr1cLwzc
- TBZ Brookline (05.19.20) - youtu.be/AGB9tMvNWGo
Sep 24, 2020
"Broadly defined, teshuvah is more than just repentance from sin; it is a spiritual reawakening, a desire to strengthen the connection between oneself and the sacred. The effectiveness of teshuvah is thus frequently a function of one's sense of distance from the sacred. The greater the distance, the greater the potential movement towards renewed connectedness. As one Jewish sage put it, A rope that is cut and retied is doubly strong at the point where it was severed.... All forms of teshuvah, however diverse and complex, have a common core: the belief that human beings have it in their power to effect inward change."
- Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, z"l
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This strangest of years, in which expectations of any kind couldn’t possibly have predicted our reality, we find ourselves – at least I do – craving the sound of the shofar and the sway of fellow daveners. Has there ever been such a year?
Leaders of Jewish communities of every kind are working overtime to meet these every-year needs in a blend of tradition and innovation that would fill our ancestors’ hearts to overflowing. Look at the Jewish passion and spiritual creativity flooding the internet – has there ever been such a year?
Praise: To all those whose intense leadership became even more intense with the launch of the High Holidays at last week’s Selichot services. To you all — rabbis, cantors, educators, executive directors, youth professionals, volunteer leaders, fundraisers — you are giving everything you’ve got to lift the whole world up, screen by screen, community by community. We see you, we honor you, we bless you. Amen.
Request: May we learn/remember how to open up our hearts and minds and souls. May we reclaim the headlines with the shocking good we’ll do. May our children inherit some good decisions we’ll make to offset our countless mistakes. May we take really good care of each other and heal this fragile world. Amen.
Gratitude: For the blessing of one more year, one more day, one more breath, may we be ever thankful. And may we channel all the emotions coursing through our bodies to make this a year worth praying for. Amen.
Sep 17, 2020
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Hearing the call, knowing we're there for each other... the Shofar is a sound-experience that can transcend any physical limitations, and bring us together, even and especially this year. Let's roar into Rosh HaShannah and birth a beautiful year for the whole world.... #ShannahTovah #BuildOnLove
Sep 15, 2020
Wisdom in the Time of Corona
As we prepare to celebrate the High Holidays, UJA-Federation of New York is delighted to share an anthology of teachings given at our virtual UJA Community Pre-Shabbat Gatherings. We're grateful to all of the wonderful leaders who participated in this series from March to July, which brought teachers and listeners of all denominations and backgrounds to learn together.
Sep 14, 2020
Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Sep 11, 2020
Erev Shabbat... 9/11.... On this day, I stand tearfully, fiercely, remembering those we lost, and honoring heroes like my holy sister, Rabbi Yonina Creditor, who is a US Navy Chaplain today but was a New York City EMT on 9/11. Today I remember. I weep. And I dug down deep to find the strength to sing the song I wrote for my precious daughter, Ariel, for her Simchat Bat in the months following the attacks. We MUST build a world from Love. For our children. For the world. We must. #BuildOnLove
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**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: NEW BOOK!** “Fault Lines: Exploring the complicated place of Progressive American Jewish Zionism” is now live!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: NEW BOOK!** “Fault Lines: Exploring the complicated place of Progressive American Jewish Zionism” is now live! My...
Rabbi David Wolpe in WashingtonPost.com: "Divorce is a death" Rabbi David Wolpe http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-faith/...
A new Bigger on the Inside post: #Hook - "There You Are" "There you are, Peter!" Over time, our eyes can become dim. ...
I wrote this song for my daughter, born right after 9/11. This world will be built by love: ours and God's. In the best and worst of m...