Posts tagged ‘Yom Kippur’

Sin Offering

This short confessional prayer is meant for personal use, either in communal or private prayer. My other High Holiday prayers can be found here. Here’s a…

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Take Us to the Mountain

This new Rosh Hashanah prayer — written at the request of the Central Conference of American Rabbis — appears in their High Holy Day Resources 2017.…

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Who, Still Broken

One of the ways my wife Ami z”l attempted her own life was with gasoline. She poured gas onto a grassy midway, ignited it and stepped…

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Meditation before the Vidui

This meditation is to help prepare for a thorough and honest self-assessment before the confession litany, the Vidui, traditionally recited five times on Yom Kippur. It’s recited on…

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Meditation on the Vidui

This prayer was originally posted as a “Meditation after the Yom Kippur Vidui.” A friend pointed out that with a broader name for the prayer it…

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Ki Tavo 5775: Be the Blessing

This week’s parasha, Ki Tavo, lists blessings and curses. Blessings come from following G-d’s Torah. “All theses blessings will come upon you and overtake you, if you…

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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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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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The Greatest Sin

The High Holiday Vidui – the Jewish confessional prayer – contains a broad list of transgressions. This meditation suggests that the greatest sin of all is failure…

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Meditation on the Eve of a New Year

A new meditation — written this morning — as the year 5774 comes to an end. May 5775 bring hope, blessing and peace. Instructions for using…

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