The Book of Jonah teaches us to reach beyond our own community with the holiday’s message—whether we are accepted or rejected
Even if the person you wronged doesn’t remember what you did, it can still make a difference to ask for forgiveness. Maybe.
After my mother died, I couldn’t recite the High Holiday prayer anymore—until I gained a new understanding of its words
Just because you’re in synagogue doesn’t mean you have to read what’s in the prayer book
Isolation didn’t help Jonah find redemption inside the whale. It isn’t helping thousands of American prisoners today, either.
As we contemplate our connection to the Divine on the High Holidays, we should recall the reciprocal love at the heart of Judaism
Becoming fluent in your own religious tradition is like playing an instrument or a sport: It takes time, dedication, and practice.
Rabbis and congregants alike have made synagogue dull. But together we can make it more meaningful and more compelling.
How can you enter a day of moral repair with words on your lips that annul your past and future promises?
Prayer shouldn’t be a spectator sport. So why do so many shuls insist that congregants sit in silence?
Envisioning a rabbi’s struggle to write an original Yom Kippur sermon
We may talk of its eternal qualities, but the music of Kol Nidre is forever being made anew
What to wear on Yom Kippur, when leather is banned
How technology killed the silent, empty Israeli Yom Kippur experience