Jewish Journal

Staying in Shul for Yizkor

By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

September 30, 2009 | 2:44 am

Over the last couple of years, I have been urging everyone in shul to remain inside the sanctuary for Yizkor – even those who, thank God, have both parents alive. I have made this request... read on

  • Oheiv Yisrael…and then some - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    September 29, 2009 | 12:11 pm

    Recently I have been studying the works of Abraham Joshua Heschel’s forbearers. His namesake, Avraham Yehoshua Heschel, the Apter Rebbe, was known as the Oheiv Yisrael – The Lover of Israel. He was one of the main spokesman for Chassidut after the death of the Baal Shem Tov.

    ... read on

  • Why are we so childish when it comes to Yom Kippur?

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    September 24, 2009 | 11:03 pm

    Yom Kippur will arrive this week and thousands of Jews will attend synagogues.  Why is it that so many attend synagogue on Yom Kippur, but not the rest of the year?  What is it about Yom Kippur that draws us?  No doubt because it is a holy day, we want to be present.  But many of us... read on

  • Counteracting Boredom

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    September 24, 2009 | 12:21 am

    The Jewish holidays evoke in many a fear of sitting in shul. Again and again. Hours on end.  I have been trying to craft a spiritually uplifting and meaningful prayer experience at my shul,. As I do so, I have been acutely sensitive to the fact that people want that spiritually... read on

  • But WHY is it important….?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    September 23, 2009 | 3:57 am

    As did Rabbis around the world, I spent some time on Rosh HaShana discussing the importance of our being politically active on behalf of Israel, as she faces the dire threat coming from Iran. The topic came back up over Yom Tov lunch, with each of our wonderful guests reflecting on... read on

  • Out Of Control – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    September 22, 2009 | 7:51 am

    This past year has been a very frustrating, scary one for many people. The economic crisis has left many people feeling helpless and out of control. Not only in the realm of the economic crisis, but in many other areas of life, we may feel that we are not in control.

    There are some... read on

  • Rosh Hashana: the Listening Holiday

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    September 17, 2009 | 12:30 am

    Rosh Hashana is a Listening Holiday.
    In contrast to the other holiday, which I would classify more as seeing holidays. 

    Let me explain.  In the Biblical times, for the festivals of Sukkot, Shavuot, and Pesach, the Jewish people are commanded to go on a pilgrimage to the Temple in... read on

  • I Am My Prayer Before You

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    September 16, 2009 | 12:56 pm

    (this post first appeared on 7/15/09 about prayer in general,  but it feels especially pertinent as we approach Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur)

    God, open my lips, and my mouth will speak Your praises.

    As I begin this recitation of the amida, and prepare to lay out my requests... read on

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