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YK: Sailor at Helm or with Anchor?

Ki Hinei KaChomer is one of the beautiful poems of the Kol Nidrei/Maariv Yom Kippur service. Each stanza uses a metaphor of a different hands-on occupation to illustrate how our lives are “in G-d’s hands.” We sing it to a … Read the rest

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YK: Search Here!

“you’ll seek G-d from where you are, and you’ll find Him…”

One Saturday night Moe found Joe on all fours searching on the floor under the street-lamp, about half a block from the Synagogue. “Did you lose something?” Moe … Read the rest

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YK: R’ Meir of Rothenberg’s Ransom Refusal

Salachti is a Yom-Kippur eve Selichot written by Rabbi Meir of Rothenberg (1215-1305) who was imprisoned by the local authorities, and refused ransom in the fear that this would become normative practice, to imprison prominent Jews in an effort to … Read the rest

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YK: Establish Relationship First

There are some repeated patters in the Yom Kippur service. Ever notice how Kee Anu Amecha always precedes the Ashamnu? But not by much, its just a few paragraphs prior.

Ki Anu Amecha speaks to the multifaceted, multidimensional relationship … Read the rest

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Tiferes Uzomo – The Beauty of Our Strength

This year (5775/2014) was the first time we had Raizy’s parents for Rosh Hashanah, Below are two of the inspirational Chassidic stories her father shared over the holiday.

The verses in the Shofar service remind me of this story that … Read the rest

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Composite Shabbos Shuvah Drasha II

It is customary for Rabbis to give longer sermons on the Shabbos before Yom-Kippur, known as Shabbos Shuvah (Repentance/Return). Last year for Shabbos Shuvah 5774 / 2013, instead of a long speech by the Rabbi, we asked students and guests Read the rest

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Art, Anthropology, Rosh Hashanah, Chess & Lotto

ART HISTORY, ANTHROPOLOGY & ROSH HASHANAH

by Jerry S.

Anthropology is the study going back to the beginning of time, which is what Rosh Hashanah celebrates. You can’t really go forward with the new without a good understanding of the … Read the rest

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Who is this Translation for?

by Stuart T. 

Some years back when visiting in France, I was staying at a friend who attends Beth Loubavitch in Orteaux, a Chabad House in Paris. An interesting thing happened. The Rabbi would pause every little bit during his … Read the rest

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Behind One Cup of Honey

Honey is a big feature of Rosh Hashanah. We dip the apple in honey on the first night of the Jewish New Year, and continue to dip our Challah in honey (instead of the usual salt) for much of this … Read the rest

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