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Lost in Ambivalence at the Western Wall

Lost in Ambivalence at the Western Wall At the Kotel, the stark contrasts between Reform and Orthodox Jews and the physical separation of males and…

Reform Judaism: How It Evolved in America

Reform Judaism: How It Evolved in America In his new book, Steven R. Weisman offers a compelling narrative about the formation of the Jewish religion…

Turning: A Poem for Yom Kippur

Turning: A Poem for Yom Kippur Inspired by Yom Kippur services in 5778, this poem reflects one writer’s view of the most holy day in…

A Brief History of the Kol Nidrei Prayer

A Brief History of the Kol Nidrei Prayer For most North American Jews, the haunting melody of Kol Nidrei surely is the piece of liturgy…

Choosing Life for Us and Our World

Choosing Life for Us and Our World It’s wonderful and deep that on Yom Kippur, the section of the Torah read in many Reform congregations…

My First-Time Journey into High Holidays

My First-Time Journey into High Holidays This poem was written by a freelance writer, dreamer, and poet who is currently exploring the story of her Jewish ancestry…

How I Learned to Blow the Shofar

How I Learned to Blow the Shofar Recently, I dusted off my shofar and have been brushing up on my shofar-blowing skills to prepare for…

What’s Sephardic About the High Holidays?

What’s Sephardic About the High Holidays? What do dates, pomegranates, apples, spinach, squash, pumpkin, beets, scallions, and maybe even, the cheek meat of a fish…