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For Such a Time As This: Purim in the 21st Century

Posted on February 12, 2018 by Rabbi Andrea Goldstein

This week we begin the Hebrew month of Adar – a month in which we are traditionally told, “Be happy. It’s Adar.” Adar has been deemed Judaism’s Happiness Month because of its connection to the festival of Purim. I have found that for most people, Purim is a story connected to childhood. We remember it Continue Reading »

HaKarat HaTov – Recognizing the Good

Posted on September 26, 2017 by Rabbi Andrea Goldstein

N’ilah is the final service of Yom Kippur. It takes place close to when the sun is setting, after a long day of fasting and spiritual work. It is a service designed to help us walk out of the sanctuary confident in our ability to keep the promises we have made and affect the changes Continue Reading »

Do Jews Have Confession?

Posted on September 17, 2017 by Rabbi Andrea Goldstein

Yes, we do.  Confessional prayers (in Hebrew, vidui) are part of the Jewish process of atonement.  Vidui prayers are traditionally recited each night as part of the bedtime Shema. There is also a deathbed confession and a service of confessional prayers that we say on Yom Kippur. On Yom Kippur we recite the vidui prayers Continue Reading »

Disaster Relief

Posted on September 12, 2017 by Rabbi Andrea Goldstein

It has been another intense week of weather around the globe.  Here in the states we know that the people of Texas are beginning their long recovery. Floridians, the people of Cuba and so many in the Caribbean, as well as the people of Georgia and the Carolinas, continue to be involved in rescue operations Continue Reading »

A New Mourner’s Kaddish

Posted on September 10, 2017 by Rabbi Andrea Goldstein

Throughout the course of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we will join together in Kaddish Yatom (the Mourner’s Kaddish prayer) numerous times. This prayer is said as we call to mind loved ones who have passed away, members of our families and community whom we miss. The last line of the Mourner’s Kaddish reads: Oseh Continue Reading »

Dealing with Difficult Prayers on the High Holidays

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Rabbi Andrea Goldstein

“On Rosh Hashanah it is written; on the Fast of Yom Kippur this is sealed: How many will pass away from this world, how many will be born into it; Who will live and who will die; Who will reach the ripeness of age, who will be taken before their time; Who by fire and Continue Reading »

Hin’ni – Here I Am

Posted on August 27, 2017 by Rabbi Andrea Goldstein

At the very beginning of the erev (evening) Rosh Hashanah service we recite a prayer called Hin’ni (meaning “here I am”).  Traditionally, this prayer is chanted by the Cantor on behalf of the Congregation.  It is a prayer expressing the deep sense of humility needed to engage in the work of cheshbon hanefesh, or self-examination, Continue Reading »

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