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  • Not the Unetaneh Tokef

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    October 5, 2016 | 1:00 am

    Every year on Yom Kippur we recite the Unetaneh Tokef. It is, basically, a list of the ways we might die in the coming year, based on the premise that, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, God decides who is going to die in the coming year, and how. It’s problematic in a number of...

  • Today a Child Washed up Ashore.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 2, 2015 | 3:11 pm

    Not a bird, nor fish, nor seaweed.

    Today a child washed up ashore.
    His sin?  Birth into a cruel world.
    Shunned by shameless shenanigans.
    Not even a basket to house this baby Moses.
    Landless- worse than homeless.

    I see him flying into the open arms of waves,
    Away from...

  • Who shall live and who shall die: God’s iPhone, Rosh Hashanah 5769

    September 26, 2008 | 11:49 pm

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    On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed,
    And on Yom Kippur it is sealed.
    How many shall pass away and how many shall be born,
    Who shall live and who shall die,
    Who shall reach the end of his days and who shall not,
    Who shall perish by water and who by fire,
    Who by sword and who by wild...

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