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  • How Jewish ritual helped me find my way through loss

    By Danielle Berrin

    3 weeks ago

    I had to press my lips closed, the day after it ended.

    The ritual was no longer mine. My duty was complete. But the words, with their cadences and rhythms, their alliterative twists — yitgadal v’yitgadash — had become my anthem. For 11 months, I had owned these words, claimed...

  • Our freedom from ourselves

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 9, 2014 | 12:58 pm

    Passover is a time of tacky text messages and Facebook statuses. Just like every other holiday, I find myself being carried away through a swirl of wishes and witty sentences which combine holiday songs' lyrics. This year, though, a status written by a good friend of mine caught my...

  • A Reflection on Awakening & Encountering

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 25, 2013 | 10:37 am

    The Jewish tradition seeks to startle us, to challenge our routine and our dogmas. Slavoj Zizek, the Slovene philosopher and social critique writes poignantly about this point.

    “There is an overwhelming argument for the intimate link between Judaism and psychoanalysis: in both...

  • In Search of Himself

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The High Holidays are always a good time to reflect, and this year, as I was serially sermonized in ways both inspirational and depressing, I was asked to consider that we can always start anew -- that, as the dorm posters used to say, "Today is the first day of the rest of your...

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  • Ceremonies to Mark Auschwitz Liberation

    By Carolyn Slutsky

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Each year, the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet forces is marked on Jan. 27, but this year, the 60th anniversary has given Poland, site of the most infamous Nazi death camps, a special opportunity for remembrance and reflection.

    The anniversary ceremonies, which will be...

  • Our Two Worlds

    By Rabbi Cheryl Peretz

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In today's world, it is so easy to get caught up in the development and achievement of the many goals we set for ourselves.

    From the time we are very young, we are trained to begin thinking about what we want to be when we grow up and how we will get there.

    And as we grow up, those...

  • Place of Balance

    By David Margolis

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana ("Head of the Year" in Hebrew), is an occasion for celebration and feasting but also for introspection and reflection. Marking the "birthday of the world" -- the creation of the universe some six millennia ago, according to the traditional reckoning...

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