God is ready to turn the page on a New Year, not just for the Jews, who are ushering in the year 5777. This New Year is for all of us, every faith, every culture, every person. God knows we all need a New Year, as this one was so full, too full, of name-calling and violence and despair.
So many words! This is what comes of being the People of the Book -- that our approach to sacred days, succeeding the ancient system of tangible sacrifices and physical offerings, has evolved to be so much a matter of recitation, of bringing our heritage to life verbally.
My name is Mark Borovitz and I am a Rabbi. I am also a recovering alcoholic and recovering criminal, having done two terms in the California State Pri...
Yom Kippur came early for me this year. It was one of the last weekends of the summer at Camp Ramah in the Poconos, where my wife serves as educational director. An extraordinarily skilled Bible teacher, Aron Freidenreich, was giving a class for the rabbis, staff and spouses who were up for the weekend.
Each year, during the month of Elul and throughout the Days of Awe, Jews assemble to do something that is essentially private: To be able to reflect on our actions and our inactions of the past year, the gap between our aspirations and our behavior, between our integrity and our actuality.
On September 14, Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band completed the River Tour in Foxborough, Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium. On August 30th, the Band finished their three-night run at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands, in Bruce's beloved home state of New Jersey.
I sometimes wonder how many, with a certain thirst in their hearts, encouraged by the soulful approach to the upcoming High Holydays that has develo...
I think that just as I want other Christians to work toward understanding and accept that Mormon worship is valid, I need to do more work to understand how other religious observance is different and equally valid.
The High Holidays and Sukkot have ended. This marathon of Jewish Holy Days earned many of us an increased spiritual awareness, sensitivity and commitment. But how can we maintain that growth throughout the year?
"Rabbi, could I get a glass of water?" asks Rose. It's Yom Kippur, a fast day, and we've just finished Kol Nidrei. This person is one of the seventy who have shown up at our home, Base, where I also happen to work. Rose has an eating disorder and is not supposed to fast.
Over the years, I've wondered why we need to stick with the dismal trappings of the kit sukkah. The metal structure itself is sturdy, comes in several sizes, and is easy to assemble. But why continue with the homely canvas cover?
I can say three things for sure about God, all unscientific in the extreme, on the basis of the Yom Kippur liturgy.
This year, still grieving my stillborn son, I struggle with questions of guilt and forgiveness that my schoolgirl self could not have fathomed. How do you say "I'm sorry" to the baby whose eyes will never see the world outside his mother's womb?
We are closing in on the holiest day of the year for Jews: Yom Kippur. It's the day of atonement. As a serial sinner, on a daily basis (minute-by-minute, really), you better believe I will repent.
We lived in Bradley Beach, New Jersey, until I was 10 years old. We always lived near the shul (synagogue) and could walk to services every Shabbos (Sabbath) on Saturday mornings. The distance was important because driving on Shabbos was, "Nit Fayn" (not nice) according to Mom.
There's nothing wrong with sending apology texts, or using technology to connect with those far away, but for many the High Holidays tradition of apologizing to those we have wronged has largely become a perfunctory gesture and that's a shame.