A deep spiritual life is hard to find. While opportunities abound for spiritual connections (yoga, meditation, retreats and the like), for most of us it doesn’t come easy.
I can't seem to find a starting place in writing my reflections of Rosh HaShanah. It has become a tangled ball of string, and I’m not able to coax out a single strand. I thought about starting at the end. I could, but I don't know what that is either.
At the last count of the World Jewish Congress in 1997, there were 25 Jews living in Haiti. There is no native Jewish population to speak of in what is currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
The words have never been sweeter. After 14 years of waiting, searching, hoping and dreaming, I am finally, finally Jewish.
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." (William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet)
The vast majority of Jewish people support the freedom to marry, knowing that strengthening gay families helps many and harms no one. The freedom to marry is not about forcing any rabbi or synagogue – or, for that matter, any priest, minister, imam, mosque, or church – to perform a ceremony.
Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk reflects on the history of Jewish engagement in civil rights, and the shared values of the Jewish community and African-American community in the work of continuing to build civil rights in our society.
During the coming weeks our liturgy will remind us that for transgressions between us and G-d (concealed acts - the heart) our prayers can bring atonement and forgiveness. But for transgressions between people (overt acts - what is "revealed") the Days of Atonement will not bring forgiveness. One must seek forgiveness from the aggrieved person, who must grant forgiveness if the request is sincere.