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AND I want you to know that there is a real problem out there, overtaking every facet of literature — high brow, low brow, middle brow, in print, online, Twitter, Facebook, non-fiction, everything.

And I just can’t make my peace with it. And, I mean, it’s really disturbing to a person who at least aspires to write well and to read well.

And to read well? And, yes indeed, it’s a pleasure to read something that is well written, even if it is only an objective news report.

And I just can’t find one anymore, since, I mean, I’m reading along and everything is falling into place, all the rules of good writing are being followed, and suddenly I come across a sentence that reads like this:

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The melodies of the Days of Awe engulf me. Long before arriving to shul for formal prayers, I am preparing myself with the tunes and melodies, singing them to myself. Often I occupy myself with the fruitless exercise of imagining grafting melodies from songs I love onto snippets or sometimes whole prayers from the liturgy — it’s fruitless because I am not leading the prayers. I just enjoy doing it for the sake of it. Then there are those wordless niggunim, melodies that stir the heart and w...
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There is no heredity in challah — a travelogue

Rosh Hashanah is different for a mother of a young family — and for any other adult in the house. The solemnity, the seriousness, the deep contemplation, the oscillation between hope and unworthiness, are all broken by a baby’s cries, a toddler’s antics, a sweetly drawn cut-out with the colors of a bee and a small plastic container attached for honey. So it rotates. Long hours in shul. Powerful words of prayer. Elevating melodies. And . . . a beautiful little stool with inlaid blocks spel...
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ON YOM Kippur, G-d does not, because He cannot, unilaterally absolve one of sins committed against people. If I dislike someone, or have been wronged by someone — or have myself wronged someone — I myself need to straighten this out before Yom Kippur. G-d’s forgiveness is built on restored human relationships. This is well known. Is it, however, ideal? Isn’t it a low bar to say that going into the holiest season of the year, the best I should strive for is to purge the negative — t...
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Seeking refuge

For an entire month a sense of preparation and getting closer to something significant has permeated the air. A chasidic tale describes The Days of Awe as a time when “the king is in the field.” Rabbi Oren Duvdevani captures perfectly a subtle shift that takes place:
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