Posts from the ‘Holidays’ category

Holidays and holy times in the secular and Jewish calendars.

Farewell, Beloved: A Havdalah Meditation

This meditation for Havdalah is patterned after my Shabbat meditation, “Come Beloved.” Together, the two prayers bookend Shabbat with parallel rhythms and language, borrowing images from…

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Shabbat Sings

What if Shabbat could sing praises? Would we listen in awe? Would we sing a duet? This meditation is inspired by the Sabbath prayer La’el asher…

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Congregational Prayer at the High Holidays

  A new prayer for 5776. A leader of one of my synagogues in Israel asked me to write a community prayer. The request comes at a…

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Is this the Fast? A Social Justice Prayer

On Yom Kippur morning we read Isaiah’s exhortation on the worthlessness of ritual without righteousness. The prophet admonishes the people for fasting but ignoring G-d’s mandates:…

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Blessing Myself for Shabbat

This is a new take on an old custom: blessing our children on Shabbat. In this prayer, we take a moment to bless ourselves, an act…

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Shabbat Settles on Jerusalem

Here’s a short meditation on Shabbat in Jerusalem. I wrote this at a poetry workshop at Limmud UK. Here are links to more of my Shabbat…

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Exodus, Again and Again

For Passover, a new prayer for peace and endurance in the face of existential threat, set in the context of history. It’s a reminder of our…

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Shemini 5775: G-d on Tiptoes

Early in this week’s Torah portion, a very simple line appears: “…the glory of G-d appeared unto all the people.” (Leviticus 9:23) The simplicity stands in…

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Ki Tisa 5775: Dust and Water

After seeing the Israelites worshiping a golden calf and smashing the tablets of the covenant, Moses melts the idol, grinds it to powder, casts it into…

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Vaera 5775: I am Pharaoh

In this week’s Torah reading, and in last week’s, G-d tells Moses that G-d will harden Pharaoh’s heart. What does it mean for G-d to harden Pharaoh’s…

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