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The Us and Them and the Days of Awe

Chef Rossi | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Chef Rossi

What this time signified to me, more than anything, was the separation of the young and carefree from the old and sad. We were the "us," chasing each other through the poorly tended grass, laughing.

A Global Shofar Blast for the Climate

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

Let's make this Rosh Hashanah, and this Shmitah, the year when all of that changes. Let's get our institutions and portfolios to divest from Big Oil. Let's get our synagogues and communities to stand up for the Earth.

The Ancient Musical Instrument That Will Sound For Rosh Hashanah

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion

The Jewish New Year begins with the resounding cry of the shofar, an instrument made of ram's horn that has been in use for centuries. In Bamidbar ...

What Is Your Soul Telling You?

Chava Tombosky | Posted 11.18.2014 | Religion
Chava Tombosky

Before the great holiday of Rosh Hashanah, we have an opportunity to take the time to realign our spirit and to listen to the inner voice that needs much feeding if it is to be heard.

Thailand Journal: Muay Thai

Francis Levy | Posted 03.09.2014 | Travel
Francis Levy

Did you know The International Muay Thai Traphae Boxing Stadium on Moonmuang Road in Chiang Mai won "the Muaysiam of north Aword, the best stadium of...

It's About the Relationship

S.R. Hewitt | Posted 11.03.2013 | Religion
S.R. Hewitt

Few people, if any, have the spiritual awareness and relationship with God that Abraham had. However, we each have the ability to emulate Adam and begin our relationship with God simply by turning to Him and asking for that which we need.

Do I Have to Start All Over Again? Yes. Every Day.

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 10.14.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

Do I have to start all over again? For better and worse, yes. So let's embrace the reality that we can renew ourselves for the better.

'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.

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.

WATCH: How To Blow A Shofar

Posted 09.16.2012 | Religion

Throughout the past month and during the coming weeks, at specific times in synagogue on the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, a shofar...

Look Who's Blowing The Shofar On The Jewish New Year

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion

(RNS) For thousands of years Jews have been commanded to blow the shofar, the horn of an animal, whose sound is said to rouse the soul. Shofar blow...

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.

Fighting The Internal Enemy: Reflections On Another 9/11 Anniversary

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 11.10.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

This 11th anniversary of 9/11 falls during the month of Elul, the month of preparation for the Jewish New Year. Our work during this time is Cheshbon HaNefesh, an accounting of the soul, as individuals and as a community.

Rosh Hashanah: A Season Of Hope And Aspirations Of Unity

Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Ph.D.

May the sounds of the Shofar awaken us out of our slumber and lead us to this higher calling of unity, to self-forgiveness, and to our duties to all humankind, to the meaning of life, and toward the knowledge that we are all inextricably bound together in unity.

Breath In A Ram’s Horn

Daniel Asia | Posted 11.09.2012 | Religion
Daniel Asia

Like Judaism, it seems to me that classical music is another system that allows us to approach and praise God; perhaps it is one of the most important pathways to God.

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.

Jewels Of Elul: Breaking Free Of Self-Imposed Cages

Sarah Hurwitz | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion

Editor's note: There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The ...

Beginning The Jewish Year In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Irene

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 12.06.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

The road to wholeness after Irene for some was quick and for others longer. Some are still travelers on that journey. The message of the shofar can help remind us not to lose hope along that path.

Inside Out, Outside In: Weaving Together The Jewish High Holidays

Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman | Posted 11.28.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman

Of all the rituals and customs of the High Holidays, blowing the shofar stands out as the most potent of all symbols. It is reminiscent of the formation of man: "and God blew into his nostrils the soul of life" (Genesis 2:7).

Rosh Hashanah 2011: Blowing The Shofar Around The World (PHOTOS)

Posted 11.28.2011 | Religion

A shofar is a horn, traditionally that of a ram, used for Jewish religious purposes. During Elul, the month of preparation before the Jewish High Holi...

Whiz Kid: 15-Year-Old Provides A Congregation's Wake-Up Call

Creve Coeur, MO Patch | Catherine Krummey | Posted 11.28.2011 | Religion

For a teenager, being responsible for your own alarm clock can be a tough enough challenge. But how would you handle the task if you were responsible ...

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 Shofar Blast As A Call To Conscience About People With Disabilities

Arlene Remz | Posted 11.28.2011 | Religion
Arlene Remz

And just as the Shofar is meant to awaken our consciousness to introspect, the sounds of children with special needs in our community serve as a wake-up call.

A Prayer For Sounding The Shofar

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 11.27.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Dear God, help us learn the sounds of the shofar. The sound of our history. The sound of our sorrows. Let it draw us closer to You with each blast, with each unspoken prayer.

WATCH: The International Shofar FlashMob

Posted 11.20.2011 | Religion

With one simple command -- Tekiah! -- came the shofar heard 'round the world. On Sunday (Sept. 18), horn-blowing participants in 17 cities pulled ...