Friday, March 6, 2015 AdarI 15, 5775

By:
Linda Morel
“Nineteen people?” my husband said. “Where are you going to put them all?” Last year, I invited more people to break the Yom Kippur fast than I could seat around tables. While my heart expanded to include everyone, unfortunately my walls are rigid. I decided to serve dinner buffet style. Yet I worried that this pivotal meal, a transition from...
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Amid these Days of Awe, I remember one of my favorite Torah portions, Nehemiah, which describes how our ancestors celebrated Rosh Hashanah when they returned to Israel from Persia after a long exile. It was a time of rebuilding and renewal, and the people sought inspiration from the words of our prophets. On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, men...
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By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
VAYELECH, Deuteronomy. 31:1-30 Navigation, whether by foot, in a car, aboard a boat, or while flying in a plane, involves at its heart three very simple determinations. You need to know where you are, where you’re going, and how you’re going to get there. So we find ourselves, just days into a new year, fresh from the celebration and introspection...
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By:
Ben Sales, Jewish Telegraphic Agen
JERUSALEM On the ground floor of a building on a leafy residential street in southern Jerusalem, two men squeeze past each other in a crowded foyer. One is wearing a small, flat, glistening black hat and a long coat, the typical dress of some Chasidim even in the summer heat. The other seems dressed to the season, his head bare...
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By:
Lawrence A. Hoffman, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Few prayers are as well known to Jews as Ashamnu (“We have sinned”) and Al Che t (“For the sin”), the twin confessions of Yom Kippur. Belief in human sinfulness is more central to Judaism than we think. Sin may not be “original,” as it is in Christianity — inherited from Adam, that is, as a sort of genetic endowment...
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