December 16, 2018

Yom Kippur

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!
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.
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.
One of the stories traditionally told on Yom Kippur is of Jonah and the whale. While the story holds deep spiritual meaning, it also stirs the imagination.
Despite not knowing what atoning was, I’d do my best to not eat. I spent a lot of the day thinking about cake. Specifically, streusel topping.
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