Remembering last Rosh Hashanah, in the thick of the pandemic
Bar the unvaccinated from my synagogue? As a rabbi, I have no choice.
Any congregation that takes any measure that bars any Jew from praying in communion on the Days of Awe is divesting itself from the very core of Jewish life
You can tell your story—even if it doesn’t have a happy ending
How an economics professor and an 18th-century rabbi helped me make better choices
Summer camp, Sarah McLachlan, and the sound of the shofar
What I learned leading High Holiday services at Rikers Island
A little-known parable from 1930 gives us a new way of hearing the shofar
After I left the Orthodox world—and my marriage—I found a new place to observe the Jewish New Year: on a different kind of path
It’s not easy for a parent to let a child go. A lesson I learned at Yom Kippur services made it just a bit easier.
In the Bay Area, Karaite Jews struggle to build a future in America
During the High Holidays, many Jews turn to their rabbis with questions about God. But others seek their answers on the couch.
New translations of works by the Polish-born modernist Yiddish poet Yitskhok Berliner, whose life in Mexico made him a special kind of mestizo
Our public schools have few Jews left. We should let everyone go to school on Jewish holidays.
My father shares the family plot at the cemetery with my mother—and with his second wife, who broke up our family
The yes or the no of it: What does it matter?
Hannah visited the high priest before conceiving Samuel. What happened?
For a convert to Judaism, the Days of Awe mark a renewed commitment—this year more than ever
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