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Sep 24, 2018, 12:06 AM
Meaningful Yom Kippur in Washington Heights
Last Tuesday night I caught a glimpse of a moment a hundred years ago. My husband, Aryeh, is of Yekkish (German-Jewish) descent and I am not. Despite a certain acknowledgment of Hungarian origins, I see myself simply as a Modern...
Sep 23, 2018, 8:15 AM
Remembering My Divorced Parents in the Yizkor Book
For the first time, I had entries in my synagogue’s Yizkor book. I hadn’t planned on doing this. Every year in whatever shul I attended, I had looked through the book, reflecting on those being remembered and those remembering....
Arie E. Pelta
Sep 21, 2018, 3:06 AM
Pray to “Live” in the Land of the Living – Israel (in memory of Ari Fuld z”l)
The prevalent Jewish custom is to recite chapter twenty-seven from Tehillim, starting on the second day of Rosh Chodesh Elul and to continue saying it twice daily until the last day of Succos. Why do we have this custom?...
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...
Sep 20, 2018, 7:00 PM
Would You Like Your 20-Year-Old Self?
Not being able to attend Kol Nidre at a local synagogue, a friend mentioned how there are any number of services that live stream for the holiday. Now, of course, for the Orthodox among us, that is a big...
Sep 18, 2018, 1:13 PM
Reflect, repent, but don’t berate yourself
Jewish holidays revolve around historical events, so why doesn't Yom Kippur?
Sep 17, 2018, 9:55 PM
Collective accountability and the sin of losing hope
Yom Kippur calls on us to reject unworthy leaders and rebuff those who only know how to strike fear in us
Sep 17, 2018, 1:40 PM
On this Yom Kippur – Shema: Hear, listen, hearken
May we recognize that the call to hear the blast of the shofar is a call for redemption
Sep 16, 2018, 10:51 PM
'Do you know where you're going to?' (In memory of Avner Yonah and Ari Fuld)
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...