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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... 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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  • Kavvanot (Points to Consider) For A More Meaningful Rosh Hashana Prayer – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    September 15, 2009 | 1:19 pm

    For the benefit of morethodoxy readers I am publishing a Kavvanah guide that I will use in my shul this Rosh Hashana. So many are drustrated when the High Holiday prayers are not inspiring. This Kavvanah guide is meant ot help people find inspiration in the High Holiday prayers.

    I... read on

  • What Jews can Learn from Ramadan - a recent article I wrote for those intrigued by Ramadan

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    September 15, 2009 | 12:35 am

    Every year, Muslims around the world observe Ramadan:  A month long fast, from morning till evening, during the month of Ramadhan. 
    Qur’an, Ch. 2 – Surat Al-Bakara – verse 185: During the month of Ramadan the Qur’an was sent down as a guidance to the people… so those of... read on

  • Iftar in the Synagogue

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    September 15, 2009 | 12:24 am

    For the past four years, my synagogue has cosponsored, along with the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, an Iftar in the Synagogue, which usually gets about 20-30 Muslims and 60-80 Jews.  I feel it’s in the tradition of Middle East Friday Night that we did at the Oxford Jewish... read on

  • For Crying out Loud!

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    September 11, 2009 | 1:34 pm

    In a few days, on the holiday of Rosh Hashanah many of us will fulfill the once a year commandment of hearing the sound of the Shofar.  The mitzvah of the Shofar, as reflected in the blessing we make upon it, is not to blow the shofar, but to hear its sound.

    There are primarily two... read on

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