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Reflections on Aging

Shavuot: Reviving interest in a forgotten day by focusing on those who have forgotten

Coming fifty days after the beginning of Passover and marking the appearance of the first fruits in the Land of Israel, Shavuot is one of five festivals whose observance is commanded in the Torah.  Shifting [Read more…]

A terebinth of Mamre.
Reflections on Aging

“If It Please You, Do Not Go Past Your Servant…”

Rabbinic lore teaches that every person who was present at the revelation at Sinai heard the Divine Voice according to his/her specific abilities. It is at the root of the belief that worship experiences can [Read more…]

Reflections on Aging

A Whack of Humility

  [dropcap]T[/dropcap]his year was the first time in a long time that I did not lead services on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. Having recently left my chaplaincy position of 25 years (and where [Read more…]

Reflections on Aging

Backwards and Forwards: a pre-Rosh Hashanah commentary

Don’t say, “How is it that times past were better than these?” For it is not wise of you to ask that question. (Kohelet/Ecclesiastes 7:10) Although we won’t be reading this verse for several weeks [Read more…]

Reflections on Aging

Rabbi Cary Kozberg: HHD Sermon, “…To still ‘hear the voice’”

Editor’s Note: Rabbi Cary Kozberg has been Director of Spiritual Life at Wexner Heritage Village in Columbus, OH, since 1989. His responsibilities include overseeing the religious and spiritual nurturing of residents, family members and staff [Read more…]