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Elul Series

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 »

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 »

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 »

The Music of the High Holidays: What to Expect

Posted on August 24, 2017 by Cantor Seth Warner

Elul is the signal to us that we are approaching the holiest days of the year. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are less than one month away! It is the signal to get ready. Perhaps we ready our homes for festive family meals; or, maybe we look at the calendar and figure out how to navigate work, Continue Reading »

Introduction to a New Machzor: What to Expect

Posted on August 22, 2017 by Rabbi Jim Bennett

Thousands of years ago, the ancient Jewish community brought offerings to the Temple in Jerusalem to express their profound gratitude, hopes and prayers on holy days such as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The arrival of the New Year, heralded by the sound of the shofar, was also welcomed with burnt offerings to God. Similarly, Continue Reading »

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