Atonement, Teshuvah and Other Lessons

Yom Kippur Morning September 29, 2009   The themes of Yom Kippur have to do with repentance and introspection. It is a time to review our values and priorities, to renew and restore our ties to our people and heritage, when our thoughts focus on teshuva, turning and of seeking forgiveness.  We accomplish these difficult …

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The Holocaust, Israel and other Matters

Erev Yom Kippur September 27, 2009   It is widely believed that in his speech to the Moslem world delivered in Cairo this past June President Obama declared that the State of Israel was created in response to the Holocaust.  The only thing is he didn’t say that.  I went back and read and re-read …

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Prayer

Rosh Hashana  September 20, 2009   In the spirit of the season, I have a confession to make. I think, though it may be best if I whisper it: Prayer is boring.   There. I have said it. I have put our dirty little secret out there.   I have admitted what many and maybe …

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On Becoming and Being a Grandparent

 Rosh Hashana September 19, 2009   Each of us has different associations and connotations when we hear the word “grandparent.”  I think of my grandmother, Grandma Bessie, with her heavy black corrective shoes and anklet white socks, small purse in hand, wearing a pin or brooch, looking kind of like, well, Golda Meir.  The initial …

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What To Do When Our 401K’s Become 201K’s

Erev Rosh Hashana September 18, 2009   How I love this season.  I feel especially grateful to have the blessing of being a member of a people who sets aside these solemn days for intense personal introspection in the context of community.   For me the High Holidays are like a pivotal fulcrum for the …

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