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Sharona Margolin Halickman
Sep 20, 2018, 8:50 PM
What do King David and Jonah have in Common?
In memory of Ari Fuld z”l, a friend for almost 40 years When reading the Haftara for Parshat Haazinu (Shmuel Bet, 22:1-51), King David’s Thanksgiving Song, you may experience déjà vu. These words sound so familiar that you may say...
Michael S. Diamond
Sep 17, 2018, 7:40 AM
The Golem at the Threshold: Nitzavim
Rav Ram Nissan ben Krishna HaKohen Tzedek Gadol, the last of the line of high priests of the Temple, now in perpetuity since the Redemption, teetered on wobbly legs as he stood facing east on the Temple Mount with...
Sep 16, 2018, 10:37 PM
Do You Forgive Me?
You probably know this exchange well: A friend or relative, one you might not even have spoken to for the better part of the year, calls on Erev Yom Kippur to wish you a G'mar Chatimah Tovah, and then...
Sep 10, 2018, 6:46 PM
A ‘Morality Break’ in Days of Repentance
Once a week or so, I volunteer with “Road to Recovery”, driving Palestinian children from army checkpoints in the West Bank and Gaza to hospitals in Israel
Amalia Stodolsky Haas
Sep 10, 2018, 12:52 AM
A Beekeeper’s Reflections on Honey in the New Year
During the New Year season we dip apple and challah in honey and say “l’Shanah Tovah u’Mtukah” - “For a Sweet & Good New Year.” Why is it particularly fitting that this prayer is said over honey? Unlike other foods...
Bonnie K. Goodman
Sep 7, 2018, 10:14 AM
Clinton, Shavit, should there be #MeToo forgiveness in Elul?
We are upon Elul, the month of apologies and forgiveness and on the threshold of the ten days of awe, repentance. This year is different, with all the #MeToo offenders well known, less known, and the transgressions they have...
Sep 7, 2018, 12:51 AM
Rosh Hashanah: Choose Life
The Torah portion of Netzavim is always read immediately before the high holidays. Before completing the teshuvah of Elul and preparing for the even higher teshuvah of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, God commands us to choose life. The choice of life is the essence of the Torah, which is...
Sep 6, 2018, 10:54 PM
The Jewish Spiral of Time
Was time always in existence or was it a creation like all others? When we investigate the qualities of Hashem our Creator, we are limited in our capacity as finite beings to understand God's Infinite Qualities. Yet one thing...
Sep 6, 2018, 7:19 AM
Teshuva: A New Past
Our secular New Year’s resolutions often focus on creating a new future. People want to “travel,” “exercise more,” or “lose weight.” We tend to think more about who we want to be and where we want to go in...
Sep 5, 2018, 11:08 PM
Uman for Rosh Hashanah – Not on my tab, please
There are only 2 reasons that other people's Rosh Hashanah plans are any of my business