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In Celebration of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur at Home

Micaela Hellman-Tincher
September 16, 2020
Like many, I'm mourning the chance to "go" to High Holiday services at my synagogue. But I've also had the joy of observing Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur at home, so I know this year will be wonderfully meaningful.

Unetaneh Tokef in the Time of a Pandemic

Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler
September 10, 2020
The Unetaneh Tokef has a long list of ways that people die, often violently, a way of shocking us into realizing our mortality. The original prayer, however, can be traumatizing. This version seeks a more empathetic approach to mortality.

22,202 CE: A Year With No Rosh HaShanah

Rabbi Mark Glickman
September 6, 2020

Soon, Jews around the world will celebrate the beginning of the Jewish new year, 5781, and many of us will do so not from our synagogues as usual, but rather from our homes, looking into our computer screens courtesy of Zoom or some other streaming technology.

Inspired 5781: More Art, More Awe

Rebecca Guber
September 2, 2020

I grew up going to services. A lot of services. I was adept at counting the ceiling tiles, reaching into the thousands as my grasp of numbers grew more sophisticated.