Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Iyyar 2, 5775
By:
Jon Rosenberg
Those who observe the Jewish High Holidays are in the midst of a period of intense introspection and "judgment." On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, piercing shofar blasts will conclude a 25-hour fast, and we will set a course toward making good our obligations to others. This year when the shofar blasts, I hope it will be a call...
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By:
Dasee Berkowitz
In the words of Elton John, why is it that "sorry seems to be the hardest word?" With a sense of schadenfreude , we take pleasure in watching politicians and celebrities fall from grace and then lie in an attempt to cover things up. We relish TV shows like The Good Wife based on character transformations of unfaithful partners and...
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By:
Ilana Goldhaber-Gordon
There was a time when I could not read the story of the binding of Isaac without wishing for a different ending -- that Abraham would stand up to God, refusing to harm his son. Some of my rabbinic colleagues redefine the story, ignoring God's words, "because you did this thing and did not hold back your precious son from...
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By:
Leonard Felder
Have you ever been sitting at a Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur service and asked yourself, "Why am I feeling somewhat distant from the wording of these prayers?" Or, "Why do I feel so distracted here and the service is so lengthy?" You are not alone in these feelings. As a psychotherapist and author, I've heard from thousands of diverse...
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Abby Stamelman Hocky
When extremists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, it was, at the heart of it, an attack on our ideals and on our founding principles as a nation -- on democracy, freedom, pluralism. It was an attack on our core belief that all perspectives have a place and a voice -- and we can talk to one another...
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