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The author wearing a tallit and tefillin

Yes, I wear a prayer shawl and phylacteries when I pray but it has taken me years to get over judging myself as a woman wearing items “traditionally” worn only by men.

Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz
Woman praying with her eyes closed, hands held near her face

Psalm 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart…,” has had an important role in my life, going back many years before I converted to Judaism.

Chris Harrison
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
The author and a songleader lead morning services from the front of an outdoor bimah

My renewed strength will fuel me as I return to Parkland this week to serve my congregants and community, and for that I cannot thank Kutz enough.

Rabbi Melissa Zalkin Stollman
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

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