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Sukkot 5782: Is It Time To Let Go?

The festival of Sukkot has, for many, had to suffer in the shadow of the High Holidays. We forget that it has a major place in our festival cycle, indeed, often referred to as THE [Read more…]

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Ha’azinu (Deuteronomy 32) Preparing Our Souls

This week’s Torah portion emerges from the power of the 10 Days of Awe, the High Holy Days.  Talk about timing! This is another one chapter portion that sees Moses’s final instructions as he prepares [Read more…]

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A Yom Kippur Litany of Blessings…To Be Added After Our “Al Chet”: It’s About Time!

We have written about the fact that maybe it is time–especially in these times–to recite a litany of blessings during Yom KIppur. This piece came from one of our followers and we invite you focus [Read more…]

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Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast 9/10/2021: High Holy Days Message from Rabbi Address

On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Rabbi Address offers a special message and thoughts about the meaning of the Jewish High Holy Days in this year’s continuing COVID-19 [Read more…]

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Vayelech (Deuteronomy 31:1-30) Renewing Our Days, Our Faith, Our Souls?

Vayelech in its own way is a strange portion. It is one chapter that is filled with interesting issues. Moses is, for the time being, accepting of his death. He charges Joshua to be strong [Read more…]

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High Holidays 5782: For The Blessings……

There is a meditation in one of our prayer books that speaks of the difficulty in singing of “oneness”. The meditation comes as we prepare to recite Kaddish. There is a theme of the importance [Read more…]

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Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20) From Generation to Generation

So we come to Nitzavim! This is one of the most powerful of our portions. We will meet it again in many congregations, on Yom Kippur. The passage follows right on last week’s portion and [Read more…]

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For S’lichot: As We Prepare….

S’lichot, as many of you  know, signals the final turn in our calendar to the on rushing High Holidays. Rosh Hoshannah is now before us. Elul is waning and with it the final preparations for [Read more…]

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Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8): Blessing and Curses and History

Ki Tavo presents us with a portion that challenges much of our theological foundation. The portion is filled with a series of blessings and curses based on the Deuteronomic literary construct of: if you follow [Read more…]

Holy Name Medical Center administering the COVID-19 vaccine to the public in The Rodda Community Center in Teaneck on 1/13/2021. Jeff Rhode photo. Used by permission
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Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19) Do Not Remain Indifferent

What a portion we have this Shabbat!  There is a year’s worth of conversation in just one portion. We have a ton of issues around family dynamics and inter-personal relationships; women, captives, divorce, compassion, warfare [Read more…]