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Woman in a sweater standing on a beach with her back to the camera

This poem was written by a freelance writer, dreamer, and poet who is currently exploring the story of her Jewish ancestry and identity.

Lisa Rothman
Woman playing the cello

For most North American Jews, the haunting melody of Kol Nidrei surely is the piece of liturgy that best represents Yom Kippur, prompting us to delve deep into our souls.

Cantor Deborrah Cannizzaro
Four pairs of hands forming the outline of a heart

Inspired by Yom Kippur services in 5778, this poem reflects one writer's view of the most holy day in the Jewish year.

D.L. Lang
Silhouette of a man spinning inside a shining vortex as if otherworldly

Who shall live, and who shall die? During this season, it is a topic to which we give much thought.

William Page
Woman in silhouette, looking sorrowful

Just as Hannah's sorrow revolutionized prayer, it takes only one person to expand our view of what is possible, to give us permission to express our truest selves.

Sue Jaye Johnson
Figure from behind in tee-shirt and jeans, sitting on concrete wall and looking out at a body of water on which the sun is shining through clouds

Poet Stacey Zisook Robinson shares a reflection about the upcoming Day of Atonement.

Stacey Zisook Robinson
Red cassette tape lightly unspooling


I began dreaming about an alternative High Holiday experience – a musical journey that would tap into ancient liturgical themes and refract them through the lens of hip-hop. Kind of like Rosh HaShanah: The Remix.

Rabbi Alex Kress
White-foamed waves crashing on the beach

Read a new poem Stacey Robinson created for this High Holiday season.

Stacey Zisook Robinson
A cupped pair of hands palms facing upward that appears to be holding sparkling dots of light

Around the High Holidays, we may find ourselves remembering loved ones who have died, feeling the emptiness at the holiday table or in the pews during services.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
Time for change written in the sand with waves coming toward the words

We spend a lot of time coordinating High Holiday worship, but when we strip away the particulars, our experience strongly resembles an AA meeting.

Rabbi Leah Berkowitz


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