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Knowing When it’s Time: A Response to Rabbi Rosalind Gold



La-kol z’man; v’eit l’khol khefetz takhat ha-shamayim…eit s’fod v’eit r’kod… (To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven…a time to mourn and a time to dance…) These words from Ecclesiastes 3, so familiar and widely affirmed to us in liturgy and in song, are nonetheless ignored in the common […]

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Yom Kippur FAQs



Earlier this month, this pre-Rosh HaShanah post answered some common questions about the Jewish new year. Now, as we approach Yom Kippur, we present you with the continuation of our High Holy Days FAQ! When does the repentance process conclude? That cleansing comes on the 10th day, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), when our prayers […]

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Rosh HaShanah FAQs



Imagine someone saying to you, “Your life is a do-over. You’ve got a clean slate.” That’s just what Billy Crystal says to a friend complaining of the waste of his life in the 1991 hit, City Slickers. Most of us, at one point or another, wish we could have that do-over. Well, in the Jewish […]

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Is God a Jerk?



Of all the parashot in all the Torah scrolls in all the world, that one – Sh’mini – had to walk into my life this year – not once, but twice. Because our Reform observance does not include the extra days added by the Sages for communities outside the land of Israel, we spent an […]

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Holding on and Letting Go



It’s been a while since last I posted. Between some personal and professional travel and responsibilities at work, it hasn’t felt like there was a lot of time. But the truth is, I’ve procrastinated – a reversion to an old negative pattern which, for the most part, I’ve been able of late to keep at […]

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Religious AND Spiritual



I read with great interest Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s piece on the Huffington Post titled “Religious But Not Spiritual.” In his capacity as President of the Union for Reform Judaism and, especially, after four years of working under his leadership in this organization, I am among those who have had occasion to revel in his intellectual […]

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I Am How I Eat



How often is family dinner a spiritual time? In our household, not nearly as often as I would wish. Especially now, with only one child at home, it is so easy for the conversation to devolve into an inquisition of that object of my wife’s and my parental affection and obsession – how was school, […]

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The Parted Waters



After I posted my first entry, a reader asked if the continued process of grieving for Mitch would form the substance of this blog. I reminded of my intention to post about my personal spiritual journey and contemplations. And though losing Mitch has been for the past year the defining reality of my/my family’s life, […]

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My Invisible Line of Connection



Today is the first day of the second year following the death of my son, Mitch. It is also the date upon which I had committed to beginning a blog about my spiritual journey and contemplations. This morning, God provided one of those “Invisible Lines of Connection” of which Larry Kushner writes to prove that […]

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