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Sukkah roof. Photo courtesy of Teofilo at Flickr. CC

Shelter of Peace

The sukkah has come to symbolize a shelter a peace. But the structure of a sukkah speaks powerfully to the nature of such shelter. While the roof of the sukkah is covered with branches and leaves (s’chach) to provide shade, we must also always be able to look up and see the sunlight by day, and…Read on →

Title: Jonah Preaching in Nineveh, illustration to Jonah (portfolio) Gurlitt Verlag, Berlin, 1923 Creator: Jakob Steinhardt, Born Germany, active Germany and Israel, 1887–1968 Data provider: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem Provider: Athena View item at: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem Rights Reserved - Free Access

The Anomalies of Jonah

Our Haftarah reading for Yom Kippur Afternoon is The Book of Jonah, the annual reading of which will be delightfully delivered by Mike Wolfson, and we look forward to it, as always. Within these four brief chapters, the book delivers an important message, which is central to our observance of these Days of Awe. The…Read on →

Open Gate. Courtesy Dave Catchpole, Flickr. CC.

Inside High Holy Day Hebrew

On Rosh Hashanah we greet each other with “L’shanah Tovah” – “A good year.” The more formal expression is “L’shanah Tovah Tikateivu V’teichateimu” – “A good year, and may you be inscribed and sealed (for blessing in the Book of Life).” The traditional imagery of the High Holy Days is of the Almighty sitting up…Read on →

Shofar by Alphonse Lévy

Prayer of the Heart

In these remaining days before Rosh Hashanah, I offer some thoughts from our new machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh (Sanctuary of the Soul). These thoughts are found in the Rosh Hashanah Morning Service, at the very end of the Amidah, during our moment of Silent Prayer. It is a section entitled “Prayer of the Heart.” • •…Read on →