September 21, 2018

Religion

The letter came from Hillside cemetery in June…the kind of letter that always gets my attention: “Buy now, price increases on July 1st.” I’ve been to...
One of the inspirational parts of our tradition for me is that as I move through life and as times change, different Biblical personalities resonate with me
It might seem crazy what I am about to say Sunshine she's here, you can take a break I'm a hot air balloon that could go to space
Most everyone I know who gets in their regular exercise by running, as I do, has their marathon story. I mean, if you’re determined enough to destroy...
Or “Where are You, God? Where are You?” Six weeks ago, Congregation Or Ami partner, 49-year-old Jennifer Richmond, celebrated the successful completion...
Mazel Tov! If you are sitting here in a seat this morning, it means that made it, and YOU ARE STILL HERE!
As a husband and father living in Las Vegas, I have been shaken to the core by the act of pure evil that transpired last week in our city.  
For several months now, I have been dreaming of finding the perfect lulav — a palm frond the Torah requires us to wave on Sukkot. 
Dina and Fred Leeds have, arguably, the most glamorous sukkah in town. It has three chandeliers and a long, linen-topped table with seating for 40.
Can you say you love your body? I wish I could. I’m embarrassed not to love this vessel that has served me so well. 
It took three phone calls via WhatsApp to connect with Rabbi Mendel Zarchi in San Juan. A week after Hurricane Maria had torn through the region.
Some local rabbis have shunned the idea of bringing politics to the pulpit, but Rabbi John Rosove of Temple Israel of Hollywood is not one of them.
Mark Zuckerberg wrote last December on Facebook that for him, “religion is very important.” Looks like he meant it.
Hebrew Discovery Center is one of the remaining synagogues to observe kapparot, the ritual killing of chickens performed during the Days of Awe.
One of the more colorful portions of the daylong Yom Kippur liturgy is the reading of the book of Jonah, an enigmatic narrative of a reluctant prophet.
Aaron Potek, the 31-year-old rabbi for GatherDC, a nondenominational group that does outreach to young Jewish professionals.
In their Rosh Hashanah sermons, rabbis from across the spectrum called for their communities to act out Jewish values to combat hate and bigotry.
With the holiday of Sukkot just around the corner, it’s not too early to start thinking of creative ways to decorate the sukkah.
Yom Kippur is a time of prayer and fasting during which Jews ask God for forgiveness and think about their actions and sins of the past year.
Fasting on Yom Kippur is a delicate matter for observant Jews recovering from eating disorders, whether or not they partake in the ritual.
Again and again, our liturgy suggests the image of gates closing. We rush to squeeze through, but the gates are closing. Which gates?
For me, the compelling power of the Kol Nidre prayer is founded on two truths: 1) the meaning is the moment, and 2) the power of melody.
You are not sure why you don’t want to be late for Kol Nidre. Somewhere in your head the majestic music and solemn words are calling.
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