As we recite the ‘Unetaneh Tokef’ prayer on Yom Kippur, we remember that life is finite. For me, that realization came with a jolt of electricity.
A new look at the biblical tale we read on Yom Kippur reveals a story of God’s ability to change
On Yom Kippur, reconsidering the Book of Psalms in light of those who were murdered in the Holocaust
Why I couldn’t forgive my brother as a Christian—but could ask his forgiveness as a Jew
Why synagogues turned away from weekly ‘shnuddering’ and adopted an annual donation campaign instead
As Yom Kippur approaches, finding comfort among the afflicted
On Yom Kippur, a lesson about living with mortality
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
On Yom Kippur, learning to let go
Isaiah’s challenge to Halachic life, then and now
Published in 1860, Cora Wilburn’s groundbreaking book ‘Cosella Wayne’ was recently rediscovered by historian Jonathan D. Sarna, and is coming back into print
For my mother, a Holocaust survivor, Yom Kippur was wrapped up in remorse, mourning, and suffering. I’ve spent a lifetime rethinking what atonement means to me.
A little-known Yiddish manuscript upends our idea of the secular saint of human suffering
When we recite Unetaneh Tokef at High Holiday services, we take a lesson from the ancient Greeks about what to do when life gives us lemons
I thought I’d left Judaism behind during my spiritual retreat in India. Think again.
I’m sorry for the things I did all those years ago
Stuck in a parking lot, I finally found forgiveness—and forgiveness found me