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Yom Kippur…better with age

September 27, 2012
Yom Kippur…better with age

Judaism has several “kids’ holidays.” Chanukah with the gifts. Purim with the costumes. And many families also make Passover “family friendly” by doing stuff like interactive plagues. Yom Kippur, on the other hand, is definitely NOT a kids’ holiday. Not only that: I think to really appreciate Yom Kippur, to really get the full...
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Blanket Forgiveness

September 21, 2012
Blanket Forgiveness

We’re in the midst of Aseret Yemei Teshuvah, the Ten Days of Repentance. The time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur when we have our “last chance” to do teshuvah, repentance, for the things we did wrong last year. The last chance to try and fix things up with both our fellow man and...
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Shanah Tovah!

September 15, 2012
Shanah Tovah!

The Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashanah – is traditionally the time when we take stock. Look back on the last year and ask “how did we do?” Clearly some of the judging that God does during the holiday season is communal, not individual: the world gets judged for rain on Sukkot. It you’re...
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Nitzavim 5773 – the hidden things are for God, the revealed for us

September 14, 2012

Originally published on the Rabbis for Human Rights website:   Deut. 29:28 “The hidden things are for the Lord our God, but the revealed things are for us and our children forever, to carry out all the words of this Torah.”   If you sin in secret, God will know. If you have yirat...
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Ki Tetze 5772 – You shall not abhor the Edomite

September 2, 2012

Recent weeks have seen too many acts of hatred by Jews in Israel perpetrated against Palestinians: A Palestinian shepherd from the south Hebron hills was wounded in an attack by Israeli settlers Monday evening (August 27), Palestinian and Israeli military sources said. According to Palestinian medics and witnesses, Ismail Adara, a 65-year-old sheep shepherd...
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