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Silhouette of a man sitting on rocks looking out at a starry night sky

Say it when the priests go eat the sacrifice.
Say it when the stars appear.
Say it until midnight.
Say it before dawn.
Say it in the morning light.

Julia Knobloch
group of people dancing in pink/purple light with confetti in the air

On a dance floor blasting ‘80s music, I found a sliver of divine joy. If it was a fraction of what King David felt when he “danced with joy,” it was a heartfelt prayer.

Cantor Jamie Marx
View of bimah (pulpit) and pews in a synagogue

Learn what writer, editor, blogger, and professor of liturgy Dr. Lawrence A. Hoffman has to say about Jewish ritual and worship.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Convention hall full of people during Biennial Shabbat worship service

Invariably, Biennial delegates say that one of the high points is praying together with 5,000 Reform Jews. Learn what’s in store for Shabbat at the upcoming Biennial.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Adult holding small child joyfully overhead with sunset in the background

On Rosh HaShanah it is written; on Yom Kippur it is sealed. But there’s an awful lot that happens in the middle.

Jenifer Newmark
The word forgiveness written in the sand with a heart as the dot over the letter i

S’lichot, penitential prayers said before the High Holidays, offer us opportunities for personal reflection and to seek forgiveness from those we wronged during the year.

Jane E. Herman
Wooden welome sign hanging from a rope string

We want you to come to High Holiday services, but we want you to come back, too -- when it’s less crowded and when we can welcome you and show you what we’re all about.

Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal
Row of books with several open books in foreground

The real preparation for the upcoming Days of Awe is the work I need to put into myself. To be the best model for my congregants, I must practice what I preach.

Rabbi P.J. Schwartz
The author's wife and two sons in front of a Japanese holy site

My family and I recently spent time backpacking through Japan. Witnessing people at their holy sites, we were struck by how familiar their customs were to us as Jews.

Rabbi Anthony Fratello
Full view of Western Wall and surrounding area

Reform Judaism is playing a key role in efforts to reclaim something that has for too long been seen as the exclusive preserve of the Orthodox.

Rabbi Myra Hovav

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