High Holy Days Letter 2016

In the Book of Devarim (Deuteronomy) we read, “Justice, justice you shall pursue.” (Chapter 16, Verse 20) The month of Elul is drawing to a close with a sudden wave of heat, as if...

Yom Kippur Teaching 5777/2016

As a minority population in far flung lands for over two thousand years, the Jewish community was influenced by external social pressures, but the Jewish experience also has been shaped by creative inner tensions....

Rosh Hashanah Teaching 5777/2016

We call this the season of Teshuvah, usually translated as repentance, but more precisely meaning turning, returning, or completion of a circuit. Jewish tradition focuses intently on words – engraved, written, spoken, whispered, chanted...

The Deep Present – Kol Nidre Teaching 5776/2015

The Torah refers to Yom Kippur as Shabbat Shabbaton, a complete Shabbat. (Ex. 35:1-2, Lev. 16:29-31)  Everything we experience on Shabbats throughout the year can inform our experience of Yom Kippur, and vice versa. My husband...