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A Message from the Clergy

Posted on May 18, 2018 by Rabbi Jonah Zinn

Dear friends, It has been an extremely difficult few days for all who care about the people living in Jerusalem, in Gaza, in Israel and the West Bank. As your clergy, we are heartbroken and we are torn. There is a part of us that feels the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem was a moment Continue Reading »

Study Texts for Yom Kippur Morning

Posted on September 22, 2017 by Rabbi Jonah Zinn

Repentance and forgiveness have deep roots in the Jewish literary tradition. Studying these sacred texts deepens our understanding of the essence of Yom Kippur and helps facilitate our own process of teshuva. Mishkan Hanefesh provides a range of texts for such study as part of the Yom Kippur morning service. These texts are arranged chronologically, Continue Reading »

Kol Nidrei & Forgiveness

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Rabbi Jonah Zinn

I have fond memories of the Kol Nidrie of my childhood. I recall it as a service of unparalleled spectacle. The entire community was there, all packing into the sanctuary dressed for the holiday. As the ark was opened, the Congregation would rise together with a sense of solemn responsibility. We remained standing for what Continue Reading »

T’filat HaLev: Prayers of the Heart

Posted on September 7, 2017 by Rabbi Jonah Zinn

There is a story of a young boy who lived near the forest. Every day he would wander into the woods by himself. Over time his father became concerned for his safety. After all, the forest could be a dangerous place. So he asked the boy what he was doing in the woods. “I go Continue Reading »

Shema: The Commentaries Above and Below the Text

Posted on August 29, 2017 by Rabbi Jonah Zinn

When our son was born, we began the tradition of singing Shema to him every night when we put him to sleep. שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְיָ אֶחָֽד: Sh’ma, Yisrael: Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad! Listen, Israel, Adonai is our God, Adonai is One! Reciting Shema together each evening offers a special moment for our family Continue Reading »

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