By David A. Orenstein
The rabbis were kind enough this year to invite me to share some thoughts and observations about the High Holiday season and the role of the shofar. (I know, hard to believe it’s that time of year already).
My favorite line of the Rosh Hashanah shofar service has always been: “Awake ye sleepers from your slumber.” I thought of it recently at the morning minyan, which my dad and I have attended once a week for about the past ten years. (Then off to Perkins for pancakes).
by Rabbi Harold Kravitz
During this election season, we are expected to judge the character of those who will serve as leaders at every level of government. So how do we determine the quality of a person's character? New York Times columnist David Brooks, in his widely acclaimed book, The Road To Character, explores this issue observing that, "we live in a culture that focuses on external success. We live in a fast, distracted culture. We’ve lost some of the vocabulary other generations had to describe the inner confrontation with weakness that produces good character." Brooks suggests a person of character "radiates an inner light."
by Anna Simon
I love the family service. When Zach was little, I loved it for what it was...a place to celebrate the holidays with young children. A place to simultaneously bounce your child on your hip, sing Aleinu and inconspicuously pick up the Cheerios that spilled out of your purse on Yom Kippur. A place where it was the norm to chase your child around the room or try to spot them as they teetered up the stairs. It was more than a place, it was a kehilah, a community.
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