Posts Tagged ‘Rosh Hashanah’

5774: The Year of Tangerine Teshuvah

Recently, I bought a tangerine. It was an accident, really. I didn’t mean to buy a tangerine. I meant to buy an orange. They look pretty similar, especially when you’re in a rush and you know you just need to grab one last thing before the check out line. It wasn’t until I got home […]

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Rosh HaShanah – The Day of Infinite Possibilities

Each year we have the opportunity read the text of our lives differently according to the vowels we supply. Rosh Hashanah invites us to gently and lovingly bring ourselves back to God, the eternal mother whose womb is always open and ready for the seed we wish to plant.

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Let there be light

The disturbing recent news about the bloody protests in the Arab world incited by a video defaming the Prophet Muhammad remind me of a story associated with Rosh Hashanah, which begins on Sunday at sundown. When Rosh Hashanah begins, the Jewish calendar will enter the year  5773.  According to the tradition, exactly 5773 years ago, […]

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Becoming Our True Selves: A Rosh HaShannah Reflection

How do we spiritually prepare for the High Holidays during the busiest time of the year?

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Reflections on Elul and Rosh Hashanah

We are nearly halfway through the month of Elul, the final month of the Jewish year. With Elul’s arrival, we usher in a period of personal introspection, repentance and spiritual renewal, which takes us through the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, Judaism’s holiest day. […]

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“OMG Judaism Can Be So Awkward!”

The season of one-night stands with Judaism draws nigh. Next month, countless Jews will go to synagogues for the High Holy Days (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) and then take a respite from Judaism until it’s time to light  Hanukkah candles or enjoy a Passover seder. Someone: “I went out with your friend Judaism.” Me: […]

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Assert Your Authority

If on Rosh HaShanah we gain a picture of what can happen when we submit blindly to authority, Yom Kippur is our opportunity to choose another path.

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Some Thoughts As We Approach Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur is one of the most widely observed of Jewish holidays, marked by a solemn, 25-hour fast and abstinence from wearing leather shoes, bathing, using perfumes or cosmetics and sexual relations. Yom Kippur concludes the Ten Days of Repentance, […]

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Religion, Reality, and Responsibility

Candles glimmer on the table and challah passes from hand to hand, the loaf dwindles and smiles grow, as the year of 5771 fades away and the new year brightens in our midst. I look back on a year that was truly sweet and full of blessing. In a time when so many face uncertainty […]

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