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Setting New Goals for the New Year

Getzel Davis | Posted 10.03.2016 | Religion
Getzel Davis

Teshuvah usually means returning to our goals of incrementally becoming better people. Sometimes though, we have a realization and recognize the need to change our goals. We suddenly see clearly that the goal we were striving towards is no longer what we want or what the world needs from us.

Life Interrupted: Parashat Shoftim & the 15th Anniversary of September 11

Rabbi Yael Ridberg | Posted 09.09.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Yael Ridberg

Fifteen years ago this Sunday on September 11, 2001, 2,996 people left their homes on a seemingly ordinary day that boasted crystal blue skies in New ...

Fears, Goals and Trade-offs: The Makings of a Meaningful Conversation

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 09.23.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

As we go through life, we are not always prepared for the roars of the cannon, momentous changes that alter the course of our lives. For example, any one of us or our loved ones may seem perfectly healthy one day, then receive a serious diagnosis of illness the next.

How to Say Sorry: A Step-by-Step Guide for Yom Kippur

Rabbi Mark Wildes | Posted 09.22.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Mark Wildes

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.

Yom Kippur 2014: Dates, Prayers And Customs

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 10.07.2014 | Religion

Yom Kippur 2014 is observed on October 3-4. Known as the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur falls on 10 Tishrei 5775 on the Hebrew calendar, which is...

Breaking Good: The Final Season of "Breaking Bad" and Walter's White's Struggle for Repentance

Avi Sinensky | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
Avi Sinensky

To really understand Walter White, we have to go back as far as the pilot episode and maybe even a little bit more.

Writing the Next Act of Our Lives on Yom Kippur

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 09.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

On Yom Kippur, our day of renewal, our tradition provides us with stage directions and a powerful script. The day is further enriched by the improvisational theater that we provide ourselves.

WATCH: What You Should Know About Yom Kippur

Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion

Yom Kippur 2013 is observed on Sept. 13-14, 2013. Known as the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur falls on 10 Tishrei 5772 on the Hebrew calendar, wh...

What Do You Really Really Want This Rosh Hashanah?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

My son Jacob has been playing the Spice Girls 1996 hit "Wannabe" a lot lately. In a flash, the connection between the song and preparation for Rosh Hashanah came to me a few nights ago.

'Not Broken But Bent' Pink, FUN, and the Days of Awe

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 10.09.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

Pink's song is not exactly the style of music we think about for the Season of Awe. However, its message is very much in sync with what these days are about and the meaning of the words that we pray.

Summer & Judaism's Advice on How to Make the Best of It

Rabbi Pinchas Allouche | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Pinchas Allouche

The "Jewish summer" encourages us to rid ourselves of the fantasy that life's blessings, such as peace and happiness, can be found outside. We ought to re-focus on who we truly are, and what our personal mission statements ought to be.

5 Tips For A Better Yom Kippur

Rabbi Shais Taub | Posted 11.23.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shais Taub

I've attended Yom Kippur services as a congregant for many years, and I've also conducted Yom Kippur services when serving as a pulpit rabbi for several years. From both ends I can tell you: Yom Kippur can be rough.

Selichot And Strong Coffee: Writing The Book That Is About To Be Opened

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Posted 11.21.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Mishael Zion

The proliferation of coffee that is probably behind the proliferation of one of the most intense Jewish rituals: the waking up before sunrise for the recitation of Selichot -- literally, "Forgiveness."

Our Memories As Tools Of Teshuvah

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

One year can seem like a lifetime when reviewing one's own actions in detail. Going from reflection to renewed action can seem overwhelming. Yet this year, I came across a new tool in my repertoire of reflection for the sake of future action: memory.

Yom Kippur: The Way Of Returning

Benzion Shamberg | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Benzion Shamberg

From this place it is not so scary to self reflect, to make amends, to face the "judgment." From this place we can heal and let go of conscious and unconscious messages that we are projecting on to ourselves, others and the world.

Spiritual Leprosy: Are You Afflicted?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

It isn't easy to look in the mirror and see our own spiritual leprosy. If you do get a glimpse, don't turn away in disgust or shame. Remember, underlying life is a river of love and compassion.

Rosh Hashanah And The Lord Of The Rings

Eitan Press | Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion
Eitan Press

Crowning God as "King" is a hard concept for me to wrap my head around, and it's also one of the main psychological/spiritual/liturgical themes of Rosh Hashanah. So I have to turn to an unconventional source as a reference point.

The Pre-Rosh Hashanah Apology: Think First!

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 11.12.2012 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

During this time of the Jewish month, we are considering and reflecting on how we may have hurt others. However, before we utter an apology, we have to consider whether we genuinely wish to bring peace to the other person through our words or bring peace of mind to ourselves.

A Few Musings On The Spiritual Work Of Rosh Hashanah

Rabbi Chaim Miller | Posted 11.11.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Chaim Miller

Originally, G-d didn't care about good and evil or the Torah. Then, out of an act of absolute selflessness He decided He would care about this stuff. With all this in mind, we can now begin to appreciate the secret of Rosh Hashanah according to Chassidus.

Calling Out To Our True Selves: A Hasidic Meditation On The Mitzvah Of Shofar

Eitan Press | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Eitan Press

The Baal Shem Tov taught that the sound of the Shofar is the sound of the Prince crying out to his father the King. It is the sound of our yearning to return to the Source of our true selves.

Yom Kippur 2011: Dates, Prayers, Fasting, Customs Explained

Posted 12.03.2011 | Religion

Yom Kippur 2011 is observed on Oct. 7-8, 2011. Known as the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur falls on 10 Tishrei 5772 on the Hebrew calendar, which...

Dreams, Renewal And Rosh Hashanah

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 11.28.2011 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

As you reflect on why your dreams have not been realized, how will your frustrations and disappointments impact you moving forward in the New Year?

Real Teshuvah

Gabe Crane | Posted 11.28.2011 | Religion
Gabe Crane

The blast of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah calls out to all of us: "Wake up! You have been sleeping!" The slumber is clear. The choice is ours. But to what is it that we awaken?

The True Power Of Repentance And Forgiveness

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 11.28.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

Repentance and forgiveness are powerful conscious processes that bring growth and lasting healing. That is why for Jews the holiest days of the year are those when we commit our lives to these processes.

Turning In For The High Holidays

Carole Caplan | Posted 11.27.2011 | Religion
Carole Caplan

For me, doing inner work in a Jewish community setting is truly another coming home, a return -- a teshuvah -- so appropriate at this season of our turning.