Category Archives: Days of Awe

To Pray with the Transgressors

We grant permission to pray with the transgressors. So ends the prologue to Kol Nidre.  How pompous and unwelcoming, how divisive and polarizing this sounds: “We, the court, permit all of the pure faithful to pray in the company of … Continue reading

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The World is Filled with Remembering and Forgetting

In the world of the Bible, memory is prized.  There are many commands to “remember,” and some, “not to forget” along with the resigned admission that you likely will forget.  The need to remember and remind is a theme that … Continue reading

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The Poet’s Response

What follows is a further conversation (see blog of Aug. 17) between the Israeli poet, Rivka Miriam, concerning a poem studied at Sicha Shabbaton: Rivka, I want to share a bit more response of the Sicha Shabbaton community to your … Continue reading

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