Posts from the ‘Holidays’ category

Holidays and holy times in the secular and Jewish calendars.

Vagabond Prayers: A Covid Ushpizin (of sorts)

A Covid-inspired meditation, an Ushpizin (of sorts) for these times when the idea of visitors — and blessings from heaven — may seem distant. Ushpizin is…

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These Vows – A Covid Kol Nidre

Finished in the hours before Yom Kippur, 5781… And a year has come and gone… Now, Yom Kippur 5782… These Vows – A Covid Kol Nidre…

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Wildly Unimaginable Blessings: A Prayer for 5781

This new Rosh Hashanah prayer — written this morning — is a response to Covid-19. Since March, since the reality of pandemic and plague struck our…

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Assembly

This prayer is the result of spending nearly two months studying the High Holidays machzor in preparation for teaching my “Mysteries of the Machzor” series. I’ve added…

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Authentic Confession: Meditation on the Vidui

In preparation for the Yamim Noraim, I’ll lead a free workshop called “Authentic Confessions: Selichot that Matter,” presented by the soon to be launched ‘High Holidays…

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Fathers and Mothers: A Holocaust Memory

Yesterday, in anticipation of Yom HaShoah, the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies hosted child Holocaust survivor Rena Quint to tell her story. Her testimony is powerful.…

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Meditation on the Vidui

Here’s a meditation to be recited after the Yom Kippur confessional prayer, written to reinforce the core message of repentence and return. It was originally posted…

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Pervasive Peace: A 5780 Prayer

In these difficult times, perhaps less is more. On this last Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah 5780, I’m offering a simple, one-line prayer to set a tone…

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For Survivors of School Shootings

This prayer is a response to three recent suicides. In the past week, Jeremy Richman, the father a first-grader killed in the Sandy Hook School shooting,…

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The Season of Dedication

When the Maccabees finally won back the Temple for the Jewish people, it took eight days to clean and consecrate the holy space. Chanukah derives from…

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