Category Archives: Inside the High Holidays

Reading a Memoir and Hearing a Prayer

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September 1, 2005

Diane Cole The Holy Thief: A Con Man’s Journey From Darkness To Light. Rabbi Mark Borovitz and Alan Eisenstock. (William Morrow, 2004) $23.95, 226 pp. To Wear The Dust Of War: From Bialystok To Shanghai To The Promised Land — An Oral History. Samuel Iwry. Ed. L.J.H.Kelley. (Palgrave Macmillan. 2004) $22.95, 214 pp. In many More »

Personal Virtue

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September 1, 2005

Jeremy Kalmanofsky Given the immense weight of the legal tradition in Judaism, and Kant’s influence in modern philosophy, it is no surprise that Jews tend to think of ethics as a body of rules. Both halakhah and Kant speak powerfully of duty as the primary ethical dimension. But one helpful alternative way to think of More »

What Life Gives

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September 1, 2005

Penina Adelman
Each year the divine voice deep inside me calls out to the rest of me stuck in the everyday mud of things to look, listen, and learn from my deeds. More »

How Can a Feminist Like Me Enjoy a Liturgy Like This?

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September 1, 2005

Martha Ackelsberg My secret is now out: I actually enjoy the Yom Kippur Avodah Service. How can this be? How can a committed feminist and havurah Jew – one who does not feel especially comfortable in most synagogues and who has long been unwilling to pray for the rebuilding of the Temple or the restoration More »

Bringing Ourselves to Prayer

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September 1, 2005

Rabbis Tirzah Firestone and Saul Berman explore their personal relationships to the prayers of Rosh Hashsana and how, as spiritual leaders, they guide others through the holidays. More »

Discussion Guide – Inside the High Holy Days

September 1, 2005

1. What is the essence of Rosh Hashanah, and how is it expressed through prayer?
2. How might nature serve as a sanctuary for prayer?
3. Does a gendered God language encumber prayer? Is your prayer encumbered by changing language?
4. What role does music, movement, silence, and art play in your celebration of the new year?
5. What is the power of teshuvah, the act of self-re.ection, of turning, of forgiveness, during the High Holy days? More »