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Debbie Friedman

Editor's Note: This piece was originally published on January 13, 2011, immedately following the death of beloved Jewish musician Debbie Friedman, z"l.

Linda K. Wertheimer
Row of pomegranates sliced open

Elul, the Hebrew month that precedes the High Holidays, is traditionally a time of

Kate Bigam Kaput
Side view of a standing woman holding an open prayerbook

Why pray to a silent God who is not looking down at us and waiting to hear what we want or legitimately need?

Rabbi Simeon J. Maslin
Three congregants during worship services

I am not a rabbi, but some people think I am, in fact, a rabbi – specifically, the rabbi of the synagogue where I am a member, a volunteer lay leader, and a teacher.

Christo A. Chaney
Worshippers wearing tallitot with heads bowed, intentionally praying

Often, it’s unrealistic to go from our hectic daily life to Shabbat without a buffer between the two – time to take a breath, adjust, unwind, and re-orient our thinking.

Cantor Cliff Abramson
Back view of the heads of worshipers facing forward wearing kippot

Those of us who use wheelchairs have accepted the idea that we need to find another way to do this, as we are simply unable to assume a standing position. My question, however, is for everyone else.

Matan A. Koch
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

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