Monthly Archives: September 2010

Tuesdays with….Torah

Today was a good day.  I got back to my parenthesis.  During the school year, there are two parentheses in my week, times when the rest of the world is shut out and I relish the caress between the curves.  … Continue reading

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International Sukkah Building Day!

Sunday was international Sukkah Building Day.  Well, maybe that’s not a real holiday, but it should be.      I’m watching the gradual transition of a pile of lumber into our Sukkah. Squirrels skip over it, and it looks like their weight … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur without the fast

My friend Rabbi Nina Mizrahi writes a weekly Shabbat message for JCC Chicago.  This week she found a beautiful prayer for those who aren’t able to fast for Yom Kippur: Meditation before Yom Kippur for One who Cannot Fast By … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur – Day of Cleansing and Fist-Beating

Hey, when did it get to be the day before Kol Nidrei already?  I always think the ten days will stretch ahead of me, and instead they snap back in my face like a rubber band. There is a part … Continue reading

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Prayer for the New Year

Deborah Zuker is a rabbinic student I worked with this year, following her lead in some alternative prayer services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  She read this last week for Rosh Hashanah, and I wanted to share it with … Continue reading

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It really is all about me

I have 20 minutes until the matza balls are done, then more cleaning up of dishes, putting away of holiday food, and then maybe, sleep.  I’ve been thinking about the New Year a lot, which makes sense, of course, since … Continue reading

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Nitzavim 5770

I find  this week’s parasha, Nitzavim¸ quite comforting, which is a welcome thing, since it seems I’ve spent the entire week hearing about, or attending, funerals.  Families that were scattered all over the world found a way to return home, … Continue reading

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