Saturday, November 22, 2014 Heshvan 29, 5775
By:
Jack Wertheime
In the middle decades of the 20th century, they were called "mushroom synagogues." They popped up in the waning days of summer to provide High Holiday services, then disappeared at the conclusion of Yom Kippur. Today, "mushroom synagogues" are again in vogue -- but with a critical difference. Where once they were organized mainly by entrepreneurs who saw an opportunity...
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By:
Jon Rosenberg
Those who observe the Jewish High Holidays are in the midst of a period of intense introspection and "judgment." On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, piercing shofar blasts will conclude a 25-hour fast, and we will set a course toward making good our obligations to others. This year when the shofar blasts, I hope it will be a call...
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By:
Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman
My friend -- I'll call her Ruth -- was luxuriating, swimming across a friend's New England pond on a beautiful summer day. At some point, she noticed that she was propelling herself across the water with the breaststroke. "Yuck," she thought, "here I am swimming like an old lady." Ruth, who recently turned 70 and retired from an influential professional...
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By:
Dasee Berkowitz
In the words of Elton John, why is it that "sorry seems to be the hardest word?" With a sense of schadenfreude , we take pleasure in watching politicians and celebrities fall from grace and then lie in an attempt to cover things up. We relish TV shows like The Good Wife based on character transformations of unfaithful partners and...
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By:
Leonard Felder
Have you ever been sitting at a Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur service and asked yourself, "Why am I feeling somewhat distant from the wording of these prayers?" Or, "Why do I feel so distracted here and the service is so lengthy?" You are not alone in these feelings. As a psychotherapist and author, I've heard from thousands of diverse...
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